Native Plant of the Month

Native Plant of the Month

Western Hemlock – Tsuga heterophyllaIn 1947 the western hemlock, or Tsuga heterophylla, was selected as the official state tree of Washington because of the significant role it played in Washington’s forest industry. The western hemlock is one the many...
Native Plant of the Month: Sitka Alder

Native Plant of the Month: Sitka Alder

Sitka Alder – Alnus viridis ssp. sinuate Sitka alder is a small tree (compared to its neighbors) that grows between 3-39 ft, depending on elevation. It is found on the western edge of North America, ranging from Alaska down to northern California. Its...
Native Plant of the Month

Native Plant of the Month

Ponderosa Pine – Pinus ponderosa You probably recognize this tree, or one similar, if you have traveled anywhere in North America. The Pinus ponderosa has five subspecies native to different climates such as Colorado...
Native Plant of the Month” Roundleaf Sundew

Native Plant of the Month” Roundleaf Sundew

Roundleaf Sundew – Drosera rotundifolia The roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) is wonderful carnivorous wetland-loving plant species. Unlike most other plants, the sundew derives most of its nutrients from breaking down insects, instead of retrieving...
Native Plant of the Month: Evergreen Violet

Native Plant of the Month: Evergreen Violet

Evergreen Violet – Viola sempervirens Striking and small, the evergreen violet often goes unnoticed. This tiny plant loves to grow very low to the ground usually only 2-3 inches high. The petals range from only 7 to 10 millimeters long; that’s not even...

False Solomon’s Seal

False Solomon’s Seal – Maianthemum racemosum Seemingly disappearing in the Fall and Winter, this native flower pops back up in the Spring. When mature, the stems zig-zag in lengths from 1 to 3 feet. The leaves extend alternately along the stem and can be...