Serviceberry – Native Plant Sale Spotlight

Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia Serviceberry has many names. For example, Amelanchier alnifolia , is also called saskatoon or juneberry. Serviceberry prefers soils that range from dry to moist. The roots spreads via underground runners. It has large, white, fragrant flowers with five petals. The edible berries are sweet, purple fruits. Although they look similar to blueberries they … Continued

Beaked Hazelnut – Native Plant Sale Spotlight

Beaked Hazelnut Corylus cornuta Beaked hazelnut has slightly hairy leaves that turn yellow in the fall. The soft quality of the leaves helps to differentiate this shrub/tree from another native tree relative in the Pacific Northwest, Red Alder (Alnus rubra). Beaked hazelnut leaves are deciduous and alternate on the stem. The serrated ovate shaped leaves … Continued

Native Plant Syrup Spotlights – Birch and Maple

What is sweet that Big Leaf Maple and Paper Birch trees have in common?         Syrup!   Paper Birch Betula papyrifera commutata  The bark of this tree is orange-brown to white and papery with self-peeling strips of bark and occasional black scars. Paper birch prefers sunny, rich, moist, sandy soils along streams, lakes and natural openings Check out … Continued

Davidson’s Penstemon – Native Plant Sale Spotlight

Davidson’s Penstemon Penstemon davidsonii An often overlooked native perennial flower? Not anymore! Introducing penstemons of which there are 270 species that range form Alaska to southern Guatemala. This variety from the Figwort family (Scrophulariacaeae) can tolerate harsh conditions with a short growing season. This variety needs lose sandy to gravelly soil with really good drainage and prefers sun, … Continued

Salal – Native Plant Sale Spotlight

Salal Gaultheria shallon This plant is seemingly ubiquitous in urban, suburban, and rural environments for a few reasons. Salal grows well in partial shade and well drained soils, is deer resistant and considered fire resistant. This leathery-leaved shrub prefers partial shade, and dry well drained soils. Bell-shaped flowers bloom March to June, and are visited by bumblebees. … Continued

Thimbleberry – Native Plant Sale Spotlight

Thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus What is the best berry for when nature calls? A  backpacker’s favorite, Rubus parviflorus has soft, large leaves useful as emergency toilet paper. Thimbleberry loves open sites and sun. The fruits are edible, with an interesting texture and great flavor. Some people regard them as their favorite native berry to eat. Delicious … Continued

Cascara – Native Plant Sale Spotlight

Cascara Rhamnus purshiana Cascara is a small tree or shrub, with a distinct silver-grey bark. It is common to find this plant underneath Big Leaf Maple (see Pierce CD ethnobotanical guide) along with Red Alder and Vine Maple trees. The tree has strong medicinal properties and is a valuable food source for wildlife. Traditionally the … Continued

Salmonberry – Native Plant Sale Spotlight

Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis We often miss observing the interconnected relationships that make up our complex environment. Try tapping into your listening skills, instead of using a calendar to heed the start of spring this year. Referred to as the “salmonberry bird” by many Native American nations in this region, the song of the Swainson’s Thrush … Continued

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