Native plants of Washington and the West

Culturing the finest selections of plant species native to Washington State and western North America.  Many are drought tolerant, suitable for the native plant or rock garden, and difficult to obtain. 

Open Fall Garden Sale
Saturday October 1, 2016
Last update: 9/4/2016

Fall 2016 list:

Arctostaphylos columbiana -- hairy manzanita.  Evergreen shrub to 6 ft with gray-green foliage and red peeling bark.  Clusters of white/pale pink urn-shaped flowers in early spring.  Prefers poor, rocky soils and full sun.  Drought loving.  NW native WA, OR, CA 

Anemone drummondii -- Small alpine perennial with hairy divided leaves.  The simple flowers have white petals with a blue reverse.  Spring flowering and sometimes again in fall.  NW native  WA, BC, ID, OR, CA.

Ceanothus prostratus -- Mahala mat.  Evergreen ground cover with shiny holly-like leaves and powder blue flowers in early spring.  Drought tolerant.  Sun or part sun.  NW native WA, OR, CA.   

Free! Cephalanthus occidentalis-- buttonwillow. The flowers on this shrub are tightly packed into spherical clusters.  Very unusual.  Eastern US and CA.  These started from California seed. Free to the first person that asks Oct. 1 (in person only). 

Epipactis gigantea -- chatterbox orchid.  Reddish-brown flowers on 18 inch stems in summer.  Quick to form large clumps.  Like extra water.  Lake and stream sides across west.  NW native:  WA to east to the Rockies.  Easy.  

Dryas hookeriana (formerly Dryas octopetala var. hookeriana) -- mountain avens.  A prostrate alpine, small leaves with finely scalloped edges, green above and white beneath.  White flowers on short stems in spring reappear as fuzzy seedheads in summer.  Slow growing, remains small. Full sun.  NW native WA, BC, AK, MT, WY, CO. 

Dryas x suendermannii (hybrid between D. octopetela and D. drummondii).  Look-alike to D. hookeriana except foliage a bit bigger and exceptionally fast growing.  A true groundcover, runs over rocks, and pours over walls. Very easily grown.  Full sun.

Lewisia columbiana var. columbiana--  narrow succulent leaves 3-4 inches long, tall inflorescence over 12 inches high with many small pink-veined flowers in spring.  Full sun, drought tolerant.  Native to the east side of the Cascade Crest in WA, OR.  Buy one, get one free.

Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola -- westside lewisia.  Small fleshy leaves arranged in a careful rosette.  The spring flowers of this Saddle Mtn form have smokey pink flowers on 8 inch stems.  Full sun. NW native:  WA, OR. 

Lewisia tweedyi-- fleshy spoon-shaped leaves 2-5 inches, large flowers in pastel shades in spring.  Native to the Wenatchee and Entiat mountains, WA.

Penstemon cardwellii -- St. Helens penstemon.  A low shrubby penstemon with shiny evergreen leaves.  These grown from wild collected seed have lavender flowers.  8-10 inches tall.  Sun/part sun.  NW native:  WA, OR.  

Penstemon rybergii -- Ryberg.  Blue-violet flowers in a globular thyrse on 8 inch stems.  NW native:  WA, ID, OR, MT

Penstemon rupicola -- cliff penstemon.  Grows flat to ground or down over rocks, glaucous foliage.  Nearly stemless red-pink flowers in spring.  This is an old selection "Myrtle Hebert" which does not die back in the winter.  Full sun. NW native:  WA, OR.  

Petrophytum cinerascens -- Wenatchee rockmat.  Trailing shrub densely covered with glaucous leaves.  Many drooping panicles of tiny white flowers midsummer.  Full sun.  Washington endemic.

Potentilla [Dasiphora] fruticosa "Cascade Cushion" -- shrubby cinquefoil.  Yellow flowers over a long period in summer. Wide distribution around northern hemisphere.  Most offered in garden centers are selections from Europe that grow 3 ft tall.  This one selected by Rick Lupp from our Washington Cascades remains prostrate just like in its mountain habitat.  Deciduous. Full sun.  Native.  

Tellima odorata -- fringe flower.  A woodland plant with white snowflake-like flowers on 2 ft stems in spring.  Fragrant.  Part shade.  NW native:  OR.  

Salvia spathacea -- hummingbird sage.  Large lime-green basal leaves with fruity fragrance.  Flower spike of rosy-pink tubular flowers on 2 ft spikes.  California native.  

Saxifraga bronchialis -- spotted saxifrage.  Evergreen, mat-forming perennial.  The petals of the white springtime flowers are dotted yellow/orange and purple/red.  Rocky subalpine and alpine slopes.  Sun.  NW native:  WA, BC, OR, MT to CO. 
Most selections [$6.84 + $0.66 tax] = $7.50

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 2014 at the nursery
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.
October 4, 2014  noon-4pm
October 18, 2014  noon-4pm
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!