Propagating 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 find.
A program on native plants entitled "Seeking Washington Wildflowers" will be presented by the proprietor on Tuesday, April 25, 7PM at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The event is for the Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. It is free and the public is welcome.
Open Spring 2017
Open by appointment starting April 1
Open Garden (no appointment necessary)
April 29 & 30, noon - 4pm
Last update: 3/25/2017
Spring 2017 preview:
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.
Aquilegia formosa-- western columbine. Orange/red and yellow flowers on 2-3 ft stems. Drought tolerant. Sun to part shade. Western US.
Asarum marmoratum-- marbled ginger. Heart-shaped leaves distinctly marbled on basal stems 3-4 inches tall... still tall enough to hide its reddish flowers. A clump-forming species. Part sun to shade. OR.
Campanula rotundifolia, Buckhorn White-- The common harebell but with white, flaring flowers. Spreads by rhizome. From a cutting of a plant growing in the Buckhorn Wilderness, Olympic Mtns. Protect from slugs until well established. WA.
Campanula rotundifolia (blue)-- The typical form of the common harebell: blue bell-like flowers sized for bumblebees. Spreads by rhizome. WA and beyond.
Dodecatheon dentatum-- white shooting stars. Favors wetter sites. WA, OR.
Draba novolympica-- forms tight bun of fuzzy leaves topped with stemless yellow flowers in spring. Usually found in dry, rocky areas at high elevation. Protect from winter rains. WA and greater NW.
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.
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.
Erigeron compositus (small): tiny white fleabane with deeply cut leaves, tight growth can form low, tight bun. W NA
Erigeron compositus (medium): small white fleabane with deeply cut leaves, laxer and taller than above & freer flowering and carefree. W NA
Erigeron compositus (the giant): huge white fleabane with deeply cut leaves. Originally from a collection in OR.
Erigeron salishii-- very tiny fleabane. This has blue/lavender flowers. Grown from garden seed. Native to Vancouver Island and remote peaks of the N Cascades, WA.
Epilobium rigidum-- Siskiyou willowherb. Bluish/glaucous foliage, large pink flowers in summer. Not rhizomatous. Full sun. Rare. Siskiyou Mtns, OR.
Eriogonum ovalifolium var. nivale-- alpine buckwheat. White, felted leaves cover this cushion plant from the highest elevations. Flower clusters of white/cream to red on short stems. Easy in full sun and excellent drainage. WA and W NA.
Erysimum arenicola-- mountain sweets. Yellow flowers of intense sweet fragrance on 3-8 inch stems. Easy. Olympic Mtns.
Heuchera cylindrica-- western alumroot. Always green foliage no matter how hot and dry. Leaves with rounded lobes, flowers cream. WA and W NA.
Ivesia tweedyi-- tap-rooted oddity with ferny leaves and small yellow flowers. Alpine. Full sun. WA, N ID.
Lewisia tweedyi-- fleshy spoon-shaped leaves 2-5 inches, large flowers in pastel shades in spring. Native to the Wenatchee and Entiat mountains, WA.
Lilium pardalinum-- leopard lily. Large spotted flowers with recurved petals red with orange tips on 3 ft stems. Easy in richer garden soils. Seed grown. S OR, CA.
Lupinus lepidus-- Smaller lupine often found growing in shallow soils in the mountains. Blue flowers. Protect from winter wet but probably short lived anyway. WA and W NA.
Mimulus aurantiacus var. grandiflorus-- Beautiful monkeyflower. A drought tolerant shrub. The large flowers are deeply notched, pastel peach in color, with spotted throats. Cold hardy if well established. CA.
Mimulus cardinalis-- red monkeyflower. Large tubular flowers of red designed for the hummingbirds. Likes extra water. OR, CA.
Minuartia rubella-- this sandwort species has small white flower over a rounded green ball of foliage. WA.
Minuartia obtusiloba-- this sandwort with small white flowers is a mat-forming species. WA.
Penstemon attenuatus-- This upright species has blue or cream flowers. 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 humilis-- tiny flowers but usually intense blue. Like it hot, sunny, and dry. WA.
Penstemon pumilus-- sky blue flowers. ID.
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.
Penstemon rupicola-- source within the Columbia River Gorge.
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.
Ribes lobbii-- spiny wild currant with hanging flowers. BC, WA, OR, CA.
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.
Scutellaria angustifolia-- skullcap. Vivid blue flowers appear in pairs along stem. WA, OR.
Sedum valens-- a little sedum endemic to Idaho.
Tellima odorata -- fringe flower. A woodland plant with white snowflake-like flowers on 2 ft stems in spring. Fragrant. Part shade. NW native: OR.
Trillium kurabayashii-- a purple-flowered trillium. Needs rich soil and cool site to prosper. OR, CA.
Triteleia hyacinthina-- an easy native bulb. Umbels of white flowers on 10 inch stems. WA, west.
2016 most selections [$6.84 + $0.66 tax] = $7.50. 2017 prices to be determined (some higher, some lower).
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!