Native Plants

Native Plants for Sunny Locations

  • Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)
    – Blooms in June, presenting small, pink, nodding umbel flowers
    – Goes well with May-blooming common camas (Camassia quamash)
  • Broad-leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium)
    – Drought tolerant perennial
  • Small Flower Alumroot (Heuchera micrantha var. diversifolia)
    – Drought-tolerant saxifrage
    – Does well in dry rockery walls
    – Grows easily in containers
  • Orange Honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa)
    – Deciduous vine that blooms in May
    – Attracts hummingbirds and has shiny red berries for fall interest


Native Plants For Rock Garden

The following plants need full sun and dry environment.
They are sometimes hard to find and hard to start:

  • Broad-Leaved Stonecrop (Sedum spathulfolium)
  • Oregon Stonecrop (Sedum oreganum)
  • Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)
  • Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
  • Columbia Lewisia (Lewisia columbiana)
  • Spreading Phlox (Phlox diffusa)
  • Parsley Fern or Rock Brake (Cryptogramma acrostichoides)
  • Penstemons
    – good for new rock gardeners
  • Cardwell’s Penstemon (Penstemon cardwellii)
  • Davidson’s Penstemon (Penstemon davidsonii)
  • Rock Penstemon (Penstemon rupicola)
  • Shrubby Penstemon (Penstemon fruticocus)
  • Common Harebell (Campunala rotundifolia)


Deciduous Plants For A Hedgerow  *bigger plants

  • Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii)
    – Sun to semi-shade
    – Grows to 15′
    – Orange scented blossoms flower mid-May > Learn More
  • Red Flowering Current (Ribes sanguineum)
    – Sun to semi-shade
    – Grows 3′-10′
  • Saskatoon Berry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
    – Sun
    – Grows to 15′
  • Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
    – Sun
    – Grows to 6′
  • Thimbleberry (Rubs parviflorus)
    – Sun
    – Grows 3′-6′
    – requires little pruning, just dead, unruly branches or dieback
    – base offers an opportunity for developing a ground cover of native plants
  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
    – Dry / Sun
    – Grows to 8′
    – Medicinal properties treat bleeding and fevers > Learn MoreWhere to buy:
    Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary has native plant sales.


Attracting Bumblebees

  • Bumblebees generally prefer blue, purple and yellow flowers from members of the aster family (Asteraceae), mustard family (Brassicaceae) and mint family.
  • (Lamiaceae) – native plants that attract bumblebees:
    Alliums (Allium spp.)
    Brodiaea (Brodiaea spp.)
    Lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus)

Attracting Butterflies

  • Some plants that attract butterflies include:
    White Fawn Lilies (Erthyronium oregonum)
    Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uvaursi)
    Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
    Goat’s Beard (Arunucus dioicus)
    Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
    – Broad-leaved Stonecrop
    – Dog Woods (Cornus spp.)
    – Lupines
    – Oceanspray
    – Oregon Grape
    – Roses
    – Shooting Stars
    – Snowberry
    – Stonecrop


Links to websites for more information about native plants:
Native Plant Society of BC
E-Flora: Electronic Atlas of Plants in BC