Native plants of Washington and the West

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Lewisia tweedyi  

We will try to keep the plant list up-to-date but many items are in very limited supply.  
You may want to contact us ahead of time to check availability.
Last update:  6/9/2014  
Most plants $6.39 + 0.61 tax = $7 ea.

Aquilegia formosa-- western columbine.  Nodding flowers with five orange spurs.  Native.

Arbutus menziesii-- madrona.  Native evergreen with smooth, red bark.  Evergreen.  Western native.

Aristolochia californica-- pipevine.  Saxophone-shaped flowers in early spring followed by large heart-shaped leaves.  Deciduous vine native to California.

Calycanthus occidentalis-- Spice bush.  CA native shrub 3-6 ft.  Large magnolia-like burgundy flowers.  Wine-like fragrance.

Campanula rotundifolia white funnel--  Nodding white funnel flowers rather than the typical blue bells.  Started from cuttings taken from wild plant found growing in the Washington Olympics, Buckhorn Wilderness.

Ceanothus prostratus-- Mahala Mat.  Evergreen shrub and creeping gound cover to 4 inches.  Small serated leaves, stemless pale blue flowers in spring.  Original cuttings from Mad River, Washington.  Western native.  SOLD OUT

Cephelanthus occidentalis-- medium shrub with glossy deciduous leaves. Unusual 1 inch white flower-spheres in summer. Can also florish in wetter sites. Native to CA, AZ, and eastern N America.  NEW.

Cercis occidentalis-- western redbud.  Magenta-pink flowers emerge from bare stems in spring before the rounded leaves appear.  A small tree to 8 ft.  California native.
Claytonia megarhiza var. nivalis-- Wenatchee Claytonia.  Succulent spoon-shaped leaves from central crown, rich pink flowers.  Cool, open, rocky slopes of Wenatchee Mountains.  Native.

Dasynotus daubenmire-- extremely rare, found in a tiny portion of Idaho.  (So rare, you may not even find a photo on the web.)  Grows to about 12 inches.  A forget-me-not with large 1 inch pure white flowers. 

Dichelostemma congestum-- blue dicks, ookow.  Western native bulb with a spherical cluster of blue flowers on tall sturdy stems.  Late spring.  Western native.

Dodecatheon pulchellum-- shooting stars.  Spring ephemeral.  Leaves then flowers then summer dormant.  Magenta flowers. Western native.

Douglasia laevigata-- mountain primrose.  An evergreen cushion plant with magenta flowers in early Spring.  Olympic Mountains. SOLD OUT

Dryas octopetala-- mountain avens.  Flat shrub of the high mountains and arctic.  Leathery, crenulate leaves, white flowers.  Native.  Full sun, rock garden or trough.

Epipactis gigantea-- chatterbox orchid.  Found thoughout the West, including Washington.  Brownish-red flowers with gaping mouths in early Summer.  With extra moisture, will quickly increase.  18 inches.

Erigeron aureus-- gold fleabane.  A small yellow daisy from the high mountains of the Washington Cascades.  2-6 inches. SOLD OUT

Erythronium revolutum-- pink fawn lily.  Native to the coastal areas of the PNW.  Often rare in its native areas.  Pink flowers on 10 inch stems.  

Fritillaria affinis-- triploid giant.  We think this is a triploid version of the native chocolate lily.  It looks the same but is twice as tall (2-3 ft) and has many more flowers. SOLD OUT

Geranium viscosissimum-- wild geranium.  Up to 2 ft tall with reddish flowers over an inch across.  Grown from seed collected from the Wenatchee Mountains.

Geum triflorum-- prairie smoke.  Low plant with nodding, reddish flowers often in sets of three.  The seeds have long fuzzy tails, the "smoke."  Native.

Helenium bigelovii-- sneezeweed.  Yellow daisies with rounded centers and petals that fold back.  To 3 ft.  S. Oregon and California.

Heuchera chlorantha-- big alumroot.  The vertical flowering stems of up to 3 ft are especially striking when planted in drifts.  Thrives with extra water.  Native.

Heuchera micrantha-- coral bells.  Sprays of tiny white flower on stems up to 2 ft.  Native.

Heuchera cylindrica-- alumroot.  A small alumroot that can thrive in desolate locations and still be green.  Native, east Cascades.

Keckiella antirrhinoides-- California snapdragon.  Fragrant, gaping yellow flowers with yellow tongues. Shrubs to 3 feet.  California native.  

Keckiella ternata--  hummingbird wand.  Slender penstemon relative with arching stems to 6 ft.  Many tubular orange-red flowers in summer.  Native to California.

Lewisia tweedyi-- king of the wildflowers.  Native to the Wenatchee Mountains.  Succulent spoon-shaped leaves to 6 inches, flowers to 2 inches across with satiny petals in shades of yellow, peach, and apricot.  These are red.

Lewisia columbiana v. columbiana-- succulent strap-like leaves, flowers petals white with pink veining.  Often found growing in full sun on a rock slab on the top of a mountain.  East Cascades.

Lewisia columbiana v. rupicola-- similar to the above but with neater foliage.  Olympics.

Lewisia cotyledon-- from the Siskiyou Mountains of S Oregon/N California.  Different forms have distinct leaf types form serrated and ruffled to flat and spoon-shaped.  All should have whitish flowers with a prominent pink/magenta stripe.

Lilium pardalinum-- panther lily.  Large, nodding flowers.  Flame-like petals of orange and brick red.  To 3 ft.  Thrives with extra moisture.  Native to S Oregon/N California.  SOLD OUT.

Lobelia laxiflora-- red tubular flowers with amber throats.  Summer flowering, dies back to ground with first frost.  S Arizona/Mexico.  Should be available in May.

Lonicera ciliosa-- western honeysuckle.  A native vine found on the edge of woodlands.  Grown from seed these may have brick-red flowers.  8 ft or more.

Lonicera hispidula--  pink honeysuckle.  Will grow as a ground cover until it finds something to climb.  Pink flowers.  West coast native.  Source here the San Juan Islands.

Lomatium columbianum-- cloud plant.  Glaucous dissected leaves form hemispherical mounds, umbels of pink flowers poke above the cloud of leaves.  Early spring then summer dormant.  Native to Washington and the Columbia River Gorge.

Mertensia paniculata-- mountain bluebells.  To three feet.  Thrives with extra moisture.  Native to PNW and northward.  

Mimulus cardinalis-- scarlet monkeyflower.  Vividly colored tubular flowers attractive to hummingbirds.  Extra moisture, full sun.  Native to Arizona, California, Oregon, and found in Yakima County, WA.

Opuntia fragilis--prickly pear.  The cactus that grows in the San Juan Islands.  Yellow flowers in early summer.

Petrophytum caespitosum-- rock mat.  A flat shrub with small gray-green leaves, short spikes of white flowers.  Cliff dweller that will flow over rock.  Native to western US, including a small population in SE Washington.  Rock garden or crevise.

Penstemon cardwellii--  a large shrubby penstemon from the west side of the Cascades.  Easy in full sun.  Washington native.

Penstemon davidsonii--  a low mat-like shrub, small shiny leaves, relatively large blue flowers.  Cliffs and rocky flats.  NW native.

Penstemon procerus-- small penstemon from the highest mountain zones. Clusters of blue flowers on short erect stems (variety tolmiei).  Washington Cascades.  Available in Fall 2014.

Penstemon richardsonii--  lax stems to 18 inches, pink-red flowers.  Bloom is later than most other penstemons:  June and often continued flowering through September.  E. Washington native.

Penstemon rupicola-- cliff penstemon.  Evergreen gray-green leaves, cerise flowers.  Native Washington and Oregon.

Taxus brevifolia-- western yew.  Small evergreen tree, needled foliage, berry-like fruits.  From cuttings taken from shrubs in the Wenatchee Mountains where the fresh growth was gray-green.  Native.  SOLD OUT

Tellima odorata-- Fringe flowers.  Native to the Columbia River Gorge.  White petals, sweet fragrance in afternoon.  The namesake of the nursery.

Trillium kurabayashii-- Giant purple toadshade.  Large leaves blotched and mottled.  Large crimson flowers, long erect petals.  Native to S Oregon/N California.  3 year old plants.  Not yet flowering size.  SOLD OUT

Veratrum californicum-- corn lily.  Sprouts in spring with pleated leaves.  Can extend 4-6 feet when in flower when the upper half of the plant is covered with hundreds of white flowers.  Dies back in winter.  Western native.  May be available in May.


Open Days:
April 5, 2014  noon-4pm    Open for 2014!
April 12, 2014 noon-4pm
April 19, 2014  noon-4pm
April  26, 2014  noon-4pm
May 17th and 18th  noon-4pm   Native Plant Appreciation weekend.

Fringe Nursery is a small grower of plants native to Washington, the Pacific Northwest, and the West Coast. Many species are will adapted to the alternating cold/wet and dry/warm weather cycles here. The species list will grow and change over time and season. Lewisia, Penstemon, Eriogonum, Keckiella, and more.  Thanks for visiting.

We are located in NE Seattle.  See the Contact page for directions.

Open dates in 2013 at the nursery:  
April 6-7 (Sat/Sun)  10-4    Lewisia tweedyi Days!
April 13 (Saturday) 10-4.  
April 20 (Saturday) 10-4.  
April 27-28 (Sat-Sun) 10-4.  Native Plant Appreciation Week
Open dates in May
May 12 (Sunday)  10-3   Mother's Day
June 1 (Saturday)  noon-4.   Summer Hiatus Sale!