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Solidago canadensis
  • Common name: Canada Goldenrod
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 2' x 2'
  • Native to: Idaho

This widespread native is an excellent pollinator plant, as well as being extremely drought tolerant once established. Its only drawback is that it spreads by root and can be quite aggressive in a well-watered garden.

Sphaeralcea coccinea
  • Common name: Scarlet Globemallow
  • Zone: 4-5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6-8" and spreading
  • Native to: Intermountain West, including Idaho

This low-growing Globemallow travels by root and colonizes very dry areas with poor soil. Tolerates clay. Flower color can vary from orange to red. More information here.

Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia
  • Common name: Gooseberry Globemallow
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3 ft. x 2-3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Gooseberry Globemallow’s red-orange flowers bloom in spring & summer. Attracts all kinds of native pollinators.

Sphaeralcea munroana
  • Common name: Munro's globemallow
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1-2 ft. x 1-2 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Munro’s globemallow has dark maroon stems with dark-green, cut, lobed leaves and many heads of clear orange flowers.

Yucca angutissima
  • Common name: Narrowleaf Yucca
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2' x 2'
  • Native to: SW US

Slow-growing, evergreen. Great foundation plant for the xeric garden. Needs no water once established. Do not confuse with the locally common (ugly) Yucca filamentosa. Firewise.

Yucca glauca
  • Common name: Soapweed Yucca
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 2'
  • Native to: West central U.S.

This handsome yucca has narrow, evergreen, spiky leaves and sends up a tall stalk of fragrant white flowers in late summer. Likes full sun and well-drained, sandy loam. Firewise. More information here.

Yucca harrimaniae
  • Common name: Harriman's Yucca
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1-2' x 1-2'
  • Native to: SW US

Short, chubby Yucca. Great foundation plant for the xeric garden. Needs no water once established. Do not confuse with the locally common (ugly) Yucca filamentosa. Firewise.

Yucca toftiae
  • Common name: Toft's Yucca
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18" x 15"
  • Native to: Utah

Clumps of thin, stiff, leathery white-margined leaves eventually produce flower stalks with creamy white bells. Evergreen. Firewise.

Zinnia grandiflora
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Zinnia
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4” x 12”
  • Native to: AZ, NM. CO

This native Southwest wildflower thrives in very rugged terrain. Preferring hot sunny spots with well-drained soil, the plant will delight you with its bright yellow or golden yellow flowers from late summer until fall. Great for edging, in rock gardens and containers. More info here.