Native Plant of the Month

Native Plant of the Month

This year we are starting a Native Plant of the Month section for our e-newsletters. Every month we will feature a different native plant based on what’s in bloom and what’s valuable for wildlife – and we’ll let you know if we sell it at our native plant nursery!


January: Clematis ligusticifolia/ Western VIrgin’s Bower

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Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)

Characteristics: A woody perennial vine with small white flowers that bloom in clusters.Traditionally called Pepper Vine, and rumored to have been used by Native Americans to treat colds and sore throats.

Height: 12-36 feet

Season of bloom: Spring – Summer (April–August)

Bloom color: White/Cream

Light requirement: Full sun to shade

Water requirement: Medium to Less water

Soil requirement: Well-Draining soil

Eco-relationships: Flower heads attract a wide range of pollinators, especially birds; sub species can be poisonous; not deer resistant

Habitat: Riparian Habitats; near running water and lake edges


February: Pulsatilla Patens/ Pasqueflower

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)

Characteristics: A wildflower that grows in Early Spring when snow is on the ground; often one of the first wildflowers to bloom; hairy stems leading to a plume seed head; native to Northern Europe, Siberia, & North America.

Height: 3in. – 1 foot

Season of bloom: Early Spring (March-April)

Bloom color: Indigo/ Deep Violet, sometimes Yellow or White

Light requirement: Full sun – partial shade

Water requirement: Dry – Medium

Soil requirement: Well-Draining, rocky soil

Eco-relationships: Blooms in early spring, often some of the first food for pollinators.

Habitat: Prairies, Sub-Alpine Meadows, and Dry & Rocky areas.



March: Penstemon Grandiflorus/ Large Beardtongue

Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain)

Characteristics: A prairie wildflower with indigo to lavender flowers and blue-green foliage that blooms in Late Spring; native to open, grassy plains and hills.

Height: 2 ft. – 4 ft.

Season of bloom: Late Spring (Late May – June)

Bloom color: Indigo/ Blue/ Lavender, sometimes White

Light requirement: Full sun

Water requirement: Dry – Medium

Soil requirement: Well-Draining, rocky soil

Eco-relationships: Tolerates deer, supports native pollinators (especially native bumble bees), resilient against extreme heat & drought.

Habitat: Open Prairies


April: Aquilegia chrysantha/Yellow Columbine

Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup)

Characteristics: A bushy perennial that blooms in Late Spring; adaptable & requires  full or partial shade, medium water availability, and well-draining soil; Native to the Southwest of the US, Texas, & Utah

Height: 1-3 feet

Season of bloom: Spring-Summer (April-August)

Bloom color: Yellow

Light requirement: Full – Partial Shade

Water requirement: Medium

Soil requirement: Well-Draining, adaptable to clay in drier conditions

Eco-relationships: Blooms Spring-Summer & attracts pollinators (especially bees, moths, & butterflies), tolerates intense heat if planted in a shaded area.

Habitat: Moist, sheltered canyons in dry, desert climates.