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Dianthus deltoides ‘Flashing Lights’
  • Common name: 'Flashing Lights' Dianthus (Pink)
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 10 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

‘Flashing Lights’ Dianthus (Pink): This evergreen dianthus is not pink, but a deep, brilliant red. The mound of narrow, dark green, grassy leaves is attractive year-round. Great for low edging at the front edge of a bed or in a rock garden. Attracts butterflies.

 

Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’
  • Common name: 'Firewitch' Dianthus (Pink)
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

‘Firewitch’ Dianthus (Pink) is a bouquet of electric magenta flowers with frilly edges over a mound of attractive gray-green foliage. Excellent rock garden plant, or use at the front of a border. Attracts butterflies.

 

Echinacea tennesseensis
  • Common name: Tennesee Coneflower
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 1 ft.
  • Native to: Tennessee

Shorter than other Echinaceas, Tennessee Coneflower cheerfully faces the rising sun and blooms like crazy–even despite heat and low water. Native to dry, rocky areas in Tennessee, it does well in the Intermountain West.

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Epilobium canum
  • Common name: Hummingbird Trumpet
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12 in. & sprawling
  • Native to: Idaho

The red tubular flowers are a magnet for Hummers in the late summer and early autumn, as these tiny birds prepare for their annual migration. Adaptable to many soil types and low water, Hummingbird Trumpet provides a spectacular splash of color in the late season garden.

Erigeron compositus
  • Common name: Cutleaf Daisy
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Cutleaf Daisy is a vigorous, long-blooming native Fleabane with dissected leaves and bundles of charming white flowers. Excellent for rock gardens or exposed slopes with good drainage.

Erigeron formosissimus
  • Common name: Beautiful Fleabane
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mountain West US

Beautiful Fleabane is a low-growing, early-blooming native daisy. Forms ever-widening patches over the years. Cheerful purple flowers attract pollinators.

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Erigeron speciosus
  • Common name: Showy Fleabane
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 24 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Showy Fleabane is an erect native Daisy (or Fleabane) with narrow leaves and cheerful purple that flowers in early to mid-summer. Usually occurs in woodland openings or edges. Attracts  native bees and butterflies.

Erigeron subtrinervis
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Daisy or Threenerve Fleabane
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2' x 2'
  • Native to: Idaho

Rocky Mountain Daisy is a freely flowering purple daisy that brightens up the mid-summer garden. It is similar to Showy Fleabane (Erigeron speciosus) but is taller and blooms a bit later. Supports bees and butterflies.

Erigeron tweedyi
  • Common name: Tweedy's Fleabane
  • Zone: 4 (?)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6" x 8"
  • Native to: Idaho

Tidy mounds of delicate lavender flowers with yellow centers. Choice rock garden or edging plant.

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Eriogonum caespitosum
  • Common name: Mat Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3" x 12"
  • Native to: Idaho

A beautiful mat-forming buckwheat topped with delicate round flowers–pale yellow, fading to pink or orange. Excellent rock garden plants. Supports native bees. Choice!

Eriogonum corymbosum
  • Common name: Lacy or Crisp-Leaf Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3-4 ft. x 3-4 ft.
  • Native to: Mountain West US

The largest of our Buckwheats, Lacy Buckwheat is an amazing fall bloomer. It forms large domes of finely divided woody branches that are covered with tiny white flowers Sep-Oct. Stunning! Supports honeybees and native bees. Prefers sandy/gravely soils and will tolerate poor soils. More information here.

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Eriogonum heracleoides
  • Common name: Whorled, Wyeth or Creamy Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12-18 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Whorled Buckwheat has leathery leaves which form a basal mat sending up brilliant white, cream color pom-poms in early summer. Likes well-drained soil. Boise foothills native. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

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Eriogonum jamesii
  • Common name: James’ Wild Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5-6 in. x 20 in.
  • Native to: Mountain West US

This Buckwheat forms large, dense mats covered with cream-colored to yellow flowers. It blooms during the heat of mid-summer when many other Buckwheats are done. Supports native bees.

 

Eriogonum kennedyi
  • Common name: Kennedy's Buckwheat
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1" & spreading
  • Native to: CA

Dense, flat clusters of tiny, woolly, gray-green leaves sending up spikes of airy white flowers in late summer. This gorgeous little Buckwheat is native to the Sierra and Western Great Basin of California. Lovely in a rock garden.

Eriogonum microthecum
  • Common name: Slender Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4?
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8-10" x 8-10"
  • Native to: Idaho

This small Idaho native is covered with hundreds of pinkish white flowers in late summer or early fall. Gorgeous rock garden plant.

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Eriogonum ovalifolium
  • Common name: Cushion Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3-4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8" x 12-24"
  • Native to: Idaho

This Buckwheat features white pom-pom like flowers over expanding tuffets on tight gray-green leaves. Choice!

Eriogonum pauciflorum
  • Common name: Few Flower Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4?
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8-10” x 10-15”
  • Native to: N. Rockies

Despite the name this Buckwheat produces loads of tiny yellow flowers in our garden. Native to dry grasslands and rocky areas, it is perfect for Rock Gardens. Great for late summer, early fall color.


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Eriogonum sp.
  • Common name: Dwarf Sulfur Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4-5 (?)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3" x 10"
  • Native to: Western U.S.

This beautiful little plant appears to be a variety of Sulfur Buckwheat. Its sculpted leaves and diminutive shrubby form make it an outstanding rock garden plant. Blooms earlier than our regular Sulfur Buckwheat.

Eriogonum umbellatum
  • Common name: Sulfur Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12" x 18"
  • Native to: Idaho

Sulfur Buckwheat is arguably the best all-around landscape plant native to S. Idaho. Bright yellow flower heads rise over a mat of spoon-shaped leaves and mature into a lovely copper color over the summer. The basal leaves turn reddish-green in the fall and are attractive all winter long. Boise foothills native. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

Erodium chrysanthum
  • Common name: Yellow Stork’s Bill
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12in. x 18in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Yellow Stork’s Bill grows into long-lived, beautiful mounds of graceful foliage that are nearly evergreen. Delicate pale yellow flowers pop up in the early summer. Doesn’t mind heat and lean soil.

Eryngium planum
  • Common name: Sea Holly
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2' x 2'
  • Native to: Europe

Steel blue thistle-like flowers on branched stems. Beautiful garden accent and cut flower. Thrives in poor soils.

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Erysimum pulchellum
  • Common name: Beautiful Wallflower
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6" x 10"
  • Native to: Eurasia

Beautiful Wallflower lives up to its name! Tight mounds of evergreen foliage covered with small yellow flowers in mid-spring. Excellent rock garden or edging plant. Choice!

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Festuca Idahoensis
  • Common name: Idaho Fescue
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Idaho Fescue is a short, tufted bunchgrass with grey-blue blades. Cool season grass, grows early in spring and stays green in winter. Nice garden accent year-round. Avoid over-watering or fertilizing.

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Gaillardia aristata
  • Common name: Blanketflower
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1-2 ft. x 1-2 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Cheerful red flowers with yellow tips. Adaptable and reliable, this native wildflower blooms for most or all of the summer. Give haircut to in mid-summer to promote more flowering. Will seed out without being invasive. Tolerates a wide variety of soil types. Pollinators: native bees, honey bees. More information here.

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Genista lydia
  • Common name: Lydia Broom
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1-2' x 3-4'
  • Native to: Turkey, Balkans

Lydia broom, a well-behaved flowering shrub, is a stunning sight in late spring,–covered with bright yellow pea-like flowers. Otherwise, the evergreen mound of wiry stems provide good structure year round. Tolerates clay. Don’t confuse with invasive Scotch Broom. Choice!

Gypsophilia repens rosea
  • Common name: Creeping Baby's Breath
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Europe

Creeping Baby’s Breath is a vigorous spreading ground cover, creeps around other plantings and falls down walls. Covered with a burst of pink or white blooms, late spring. Easy and rewarding.

Heuchera cylindrica
  • Common name: Coralbells
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Coralbells has dramatic spikes of cream to white flowers rise from a base of scalloped deep green leaves. Favors rock outcroppings; great in full sun or dry shade. Very long blooming in our Boise garden. Choice!

Heuchera rubescens
  • Common name: Alpine Coralbells
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Alpine or Red Coralbells is another charming native Heuchera, this one with deep red to pink flowers on delicate wands. Great for full sun or dry shade. Sculpted evergreen foliage.

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Hymenoxys acaulis
  • Common name: Sundancer Daisy
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 15 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Sundancer Daisy is a cheerful, showy, long-blooming western wildflower and is a gem in the xeric garden. The attractive thread- leaf foliage is covered by bright-yellow, long-stemmed daisies in summer. Remarkably adapted to arid regions, from low desert to mountains.

 

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Iberis saxatilis
  • Common name: Perennial Candytuft
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4” x 12-18"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Very low growing, evergreen cushion with dark green leaves and large, white flowers in spring that can fade to lilac. Sun, very well-drained soil.

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Iris pallida
  • Common name: Variegated Iris
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 18-24" x 18-24"
  • Native to: Europe

Grown for its striking foliage, this Iris also produces a lovely lavender flower in late spring.

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Kniphofia uvaria
  • Common name: Red Hot Poker
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 1'
  • Native to: South Africa

A striking accent in the xeric garden, Red Hot Poker is well named for it vivid orange and red bottle brush flowers. Lily-like leaves at the bottom are evergreen.

Koeleria macrantha
  • Common name: Prairie Junegrass
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2' x 1'
  • Native to: Idaho

Prairie Junegrass is a native, perennial, cool season tufted bunch grass , growing  actively when soil temps are cooler in spring and fall. It produces lustrous silver-green seedheads in early summer. The supporting foliage is an attractive green-gray color. June Grass prefers full sun and dry, sandy soil.

Lamium maculatum
  • Common name: Spotted Deadnettle
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Shade/part shade
  • Height x Width: 3" & spreading
  • Native to: Eurasia

A groundcover that loves shade! Its variegated leaves light up a dark shady area, yet the plant will also grow in sun. Not picky about soil type or moisture.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Lady’
  • Common name: Lady Lavender
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 12" x 12"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This is a very compact lavender, great for edging or the front of a border.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’
  • Common name: Munstead Lavender
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 18" x 18"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This is a classic mid-sized Lavender. Spikes of fragrant lavender flowers in early summer.

Leymus cinereus
  • Common name: Great Basin Wildrye
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Great Basin Wildrye is the largest native Western bunchgrass. Tall and stately foundation plant for the dry garden. Seed heads in late summer .

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Liatris ligulistylis
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Blazing Star
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3’ x 1’
  • Native to: Montana to New Mexico

Rocky Mountain Blazing Star produces tall upright stalks of lavender/purple flowers that are premium butterfly attractors. This prairie native is a robust grower and does best in fertile soils with infrequent but deep soakings. Nectar plant for Monarch and other butterflies. Excellent cut flower.

Liatris mucronata
  • Common name: Bottle Brush Blazing Star
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 24” x 18”
  • Native to: South Central US

Dense spikes of lavender-pink flowers on tall, thick stems. Great pollinator plant. Prefers dry, sandy soil.

Liatris punctata
  • Common name: Dotted Gayfeather
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 8-12 in.
  • Native to: Short Grass Prairie, Central US

A showy plant for dry gardens or shortgrass meadows, Dotted Gayfeather produces lavender bottlebrushes that bloom from the top down. Deep tuberous taproots account for extreme drought tolerance and long life. Nectar plant for butterflies.