Portland’s Native Plant!

Show your support for Oregon native plants by nominating one of your favorite species to become Portland’s Native Plant 2018! You can share why you like it, too!

This activity is open to all, even if you can’t make it to any of the outings or workshops during Native Plant Month. At the end of Native Plant Month, NPSO-Portland will announce which of the nominated plants will become Portland’s Native Plant 2018!  (And if you want to see last year’s entries, too, check out Portland’s Native Plant 2017, below the nomination form!)


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    Ribes sanguineum  Red-Flowering Currant  was Portland’s Native Plant 2017!

See below entries of those who chose to write a little bit about their species.                       ~Thank you for entering! 

Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern) I smile whenever I see its delicate fern halo. Peggy Munson
Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern) I love it’s delicate detailed form and dark stems Lisa schonberg
Allotropa virgata (Candystick) A) It’s a mycoheterotroph, which means that it gets its nutrition completely from fungi instead of making chlorophyll. And it looks like a candy cane! AND it is an indicator for matsutake mushrooms because it connects to their mycelium exclusively. Leah Bendlin
Anenome occidentalis (Western Pasque Flower) It is one of those rare and unexpected treats of high and difficult to reach places. There is nothing like reaching a high meadow late at night and seeing a field of these glinting in the moonlight! Alija Mujic
Arbutus menziesii (Madrone) Their bark, warm colored and smooth, these glossy leaved evergreens among our conifers and deciduous trees. Now, in North Portland along the bluffs of the Willamette, their fragrant inflorescences are in flower. Zak Weinstein
Calypso bulbosa (Calypso Orchid) Who isn’t delighted to come across this flower that is a funky beauty? It is food for first peoples, has an interesting life style, and provides a splash of pink in the forest understory. Kim Hack
Calypso bulbosa (Pacific fairy slipper) Native orchid seen in woodlands during April Nisi segor
Camassia quamash (Camas) Beautiful purple flowers (my favorite color), it has edible parts that used to be a staple to the diet of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest Ruby Buchholtz
Ceanothus sanguineus (Redstem Ceanothus) Color, texture, character, bees! Alix Danielsen
Cornus canadensis (Bunchberry) Its beautiful flowers that resemble those of its relatives, the dogwood tree Brenda Hamilton
Kalmiopsis leachiana A botanist discovered it on a long-ago trek with her mule-driving husband. I learned this during a NPAW event at Leach Botanical Garden on the story of Lilla Leach, her husband, and their zeal for botany and life. I’m quite inspired. Laura Harris
Lonicera involucrata (Twinberry) I had planted it at volunteer restoration events, but never had seen it growing naturally until a hike in the Wallowas. It is beautiful. Monica
Lupinus polyphyllus (Large-Leafed Lupine) Lupines have bacteria in their root nodes that pull nitrogen from the air and make it available for other plants even in sparse soil. Lupines are great habitat restoration plants. They also chemically protect other plants through their roots. Karl Andreas Gieben
Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape) It’s so Oregon! I love the yellow flowers and watching birds eat the berries. Karin Archibald
Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape) My 4 yr old and 7 yr old say it’s their favorite “for the flowers” Robin York
Oemleria cerasiformis (Osoberry) because it is one of the first to leaf out Cathy
Oplopanax horridus (Devil’s Club) Super medicinal yet difficult to harvest, this plant is worth the work! And beautiful. Jordanna
Oplopanax horridus (Devil’s Club) The tea is delicious and it’s diabolical spines keep away evil influences of all kinds. Also one of the most important plants to indigenous people living within it’s range. Michael Krochta
Oxalis oregana (Redwood Sorrel) It is not very showy but makes a statement in numbers! I always feel lucky and peaceful when I find them in nature. Also, the leaves taste like granny smith apples. Heather Spalding
Oxalis oregana (Redwood Sorrel) Tastes like bitter apple Su
Quercus garryana (Oregon White Oak) Mistletoe, galls, and climbing delight Galen S
Ribes sanguineum (Red-Flowering Currant) Such bright color during the earliest part of spring and a great draw for hummingbirds. Jason Clinch
Ribes sanguineum (Red-Flowering Currant) It blooms early and bright at the end of dark winter – just when you need color the most! Sherrie Pelsma
Ribes sanguineum (Red-Flowering Currant) The cheery pink flowers are a herald of spring and flowers provide a critical food source for returning hummingbirds. Susan Saul
Ribes sanguineum (Red-Flowering Currant) I love Ribes sanguineum bushes because of their unique drooping clusters of beautiful tubular flowers that emanate spring happiness with their colors of blood red, pink and white. Donnna Potts
Ribes sanguineum (Red-Flowering Currant) It was the first native plant that I planted in my yard, and it was a gift from a lover. Jane Palmieri
Rubus parviflorum (Thimbleberry) I love to hike and munch on the berries of this lovely plant when it is in season. I also love camping during berry time because I can add delicious fresh fruit to my rustic meals! Leslie Melnyk
Thuja plicata (Western Red Cedar) It is huge, beautiful, and sacred to many traditions Cassidy
Trientalis latifolia (Pacific Star Flower) Interesting flower shape Heidi Perry
Trillium ovatum (Western Trillium) The “star” and “starry” quality to it. Doran
Trillium ovatum (Western Trillium) Represents healthy ecosystem Eliz Linser

Portland’s Native Plant 2016:

             Trillium ovatum was Portland’s Native Plant 2016!                          

There is a selection of the 2016 entries posted below:

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Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) The foliage is so bright and happy, and I love watching the leaves dance and sparkle in the wind. Claire L
Achlys triphylla (Vanilla Leaf) delicate, disappears, then reappears small then becomes dinnerplate size then sends up a vertical flower candle…smells good. loves shade and dappled light..expands with rhizomes Mary duvall
Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair fern) It’s beauty fills me with joy and inspiration every time I see it. Also, I am generally near a waterfall.. Erica McCormick
Allotropa virgata (Candystick) It looks so badass! Red & white striped, black flowers, no green parts. It’s a myco-heterotroph, parasitizing the mycelium of the matsutake mushroom exclusively instead of making chlorophyll. That makes it a great marker for finding them in fall! Leah Bendlin
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Kinnikkinnik) What’s not to love. Native to Oregon. Water saving. Great name to say… Robin Brandt
Calypso bulbosa (Fairy Slipper) They bring back memories of my Aunt Mabel’s woods that were full of them and of hiking near Austin hot springs with my family when I was a child. They seem magic to me. Cindy Woodbury
Cornus Nuttallii (Pacific dogwood) Beautiful flowers Esther Harlow
Dicentra formosa (Bleeding heart) the flower! Hannah Swan
Erythronium oregonum (Trout Lily) Interesting large leaves, delicate lovely flower. Hard to grow and so the envy of your neighbors. ; ) Janet Fisher-Welsh
Iris douglasiana (Douglas Iris) Reminds me of my mother, and a great sign of Spring Alix Danielsen
Iris tenax (Oregon Iris) The large and showy flowers, especially specimens with a strong hue gradient across the petals. Galen S
Lewisia rediviva (Bitterroot) It lives in such a tiny area of the Columbia Gorge and blooms a very short time Willow Elliott
Lewisia rediviva (Bitterroot) I have had loads of fun building a rock garden at my new home in The Dalles. In the garden, Lewisia has captivated me. Her sometimes striped petals and friendly succulent leaves have me interacting with her constantly. Named after Mariwether Lewis. Jennifer Hardy
Lilium columbianum (Tiger Lily) I love this plant because it is one of the first flowers I recognized and came to love. And it’s beautiful! Alexandra Pederson
Mahonia sp. (Oregon Grape) Beautiful and it reminds me of my Mother Mary mcCarty
Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria (Baby blue eyes) It is uncommon, has the biggest flower for such a small ground cover, it grows in the most beautiful oak woodlands and prairies and the flower is the sweetest white flower with perfect black markings throughout the inside of the corolla. Jennifer C. Wilson
Pinus lambertiana (Sugar Pine) The majestic Sugar Pine has the largest cones and is among the tallest, oldest trees in Oregon. The cone seeds and sweet resin provided food for native people and the wood has been harvested for modern use. John Muir called it the King of Conifers. Elise Bush
Quercus garryana (Oregon white oak) These trees have so much character, in the winter when leaves don’t obscure their contorted branches and the lichen gives them their color, and in the summer when their canopy is like a billowing cloud. Zakariah Weinstein
Ribes sanguineum (Red-flowering currant) It looks great!, attracts hummingbirds and bees and they are very Hardy. Jered Lane
Sambucus nigra subsp. cerulea (Blue Elderberry) Fast growing shade, berries for wildlife or various human uses. Susan cleary
Trillium kurabayashii (Giant purple wakerobin) Unusual color/scent Kathryn Daly
Trillium ovatum (Pacific trillium) I love to see the delicate white petals contrasted with green foliage along Oregon’s river banks. Jade Florence
Trillium ovatum (Pacific trillium) Simple and elegant. It’s thrilling to spot it growing along Burnside in the spring. Laura Carlson
Trillium ovatum (Pacific trillium) Cheery announcement that spring has arrived. Susan Saul
Tsuga mertensiana (Mountain hemlock) The mountain hemlock is a graceful, shapely tree that has such lovely subtleties and assumes great shapes in wild places. Ann Rad


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