Native Plant Sale Spotlight – Davidson’s Penstemon

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

Native Plant Sale Spotlight – Salal

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

Meet Shoreline & Riparian Habitat Program Assistant Ashley Allan

In December 2017, KCD welcomed Washington native Ashley Allan as the Shoreline and Riparian Habitat Program Assistant. She grew up in Kent and attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, where she earned a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in marine ecology. She has a background in stream restoration and environmental education through her previous work … Continued

Order Now for KCD’s 2018 Native Plant Sale!

KCD’s annual Native Plant Sale features 70 species of native trees and shrubs, with a focus on affordable bareroot and plug material. We have already sold out of several species! Ordering early ensures best selection. Visit the Native Plant Sale page on our website for details and online ordering. The Plant Pick-up day is Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 … Continued

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