Portland’s Native Plant!

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                     Asarum caudatumWild Ginger is Portland’s Native Plant 2018!

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

Alnus rubra (Red Alder) It heals damaged ground. “[S]erious butterfly gardeners will want to plant alders.” Encyclopedia of NW Native Plants. It is “so perfectly suited to western Washington and Oregon that it fits like a slim foot in a glass slipper.” Natural Grace. Jane Burch-Pesses
Arbutus menziesii (Pacific Madrone) I grew up in southern Oregon where they are plentiful. Love their bark and that they are evergreen. Rare here in pdx but they bring me so much joy where i see them. Cassie
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Kinnikinnick) It is fun to say! Yael
Asarum caudatum  (Wild Ginger) heart/beautiful Vy
Asarum caudatum  (Wild Ginger) COOLEST FLOWERS EVER. Caitlyn
Asarum caudatum  (Wild Ginger) Smells so nice, and the flower is SO COOL!!!!! Sam Sharka
Asarum caudatum  (Wild Ginger) Its a beautiful flower often overlooked because one has to get on the ground and look for it! Deb
Camassia quamash (Commmon Camas) This plant has been tended by native peoples of this region for thousands of years. enjoying her blooms throughout portland’s bioswales right now, a reminder of the ancient, reciprocal relationships which brought this biodiverse place into being. Tammi Harper
Cephalanthera austiniae (Phantom orchid) This species in rare in the greater-Portland area, thus, it is exciting to see one! Plus, it just has a great name! Jason Clinch
Cornus unalaschkensis (Bunchberry) It makes me smile, first when it blooms those tidy white flowers, then when its red berries brighten the forest floor. Wendy Morseth
Delphinium leucophaeum (White Rock Larkspur) Endangered Willamette Valley endemic! Monica Gunderson
Euonymus occidentalis (Western Wahoo) It’s flowers are so unreal looking! I love walking tryin creek state park and finding wahoos! Apple Ann Frog
Hydrophyllum tenuipes (Pacific Waterleaf) Its angular leaves and fuzzy flowers are beautiful, and… it’s a survivor! It’s the first native plant that has naturally returned, in an area of my yard that was recently cleared of an old, dense carpet of English ivy! Brenda
Iris tenuis (Clackamas Iris) preeeeeeetty & humble Julie
Oemleria cerasiformis (Indian Plum) It blooms so early – just when I have given up hope for spring Marianne Colgrove
Philadelphus lewisii (Mock Orange) Its beautiful white flowers and exquisite fragrance personify the month of May!! Plus it is easy to grow and propagate. Janet Kruse
Philadelphus lewisii (Mock Orange) Good sized shrub with beautiful white scented flowers. Great for people, birds, and insects, grows well in the home garden. Lindsey Wise
Prosartes hookeri (Hooker’s Fairy Bells) Lovely subtle flowers and graceful growth habit Jeanne-Marie Pierrelouis
Rhododendron macrophyllum (Pacific Rhododendron) It’s beautiful and colorful and plentiful in Oregon Micaela Works
Rhododendron macrophyllum (Pacific Rhododendron) I love to see the pink blossoms in the midst of our green forests – such a cheerful pop of forest color. Cassidy
Rubus leucodermis (Black Raspberry) Their flavor is rich, less tart and deeper than red raspberry and are so highly pigmented that they are used in dye and for their health giving properties, as their antioxidants are at levels much greater than most other fruits touted for that. Zak Weinstein
Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) Large soft leaves and pink fruit. Tall and shady. Carolyn
Sambucus cerulea (Blue Elderberry) My favorite tree in my Orchard because of its medicinal properties! Lily Love
Sambucus cerulea (Blue Elderberry) its medicinal powers pharaoh skinner
Scoliopus hallii (Oregon Fetid Adder’s Tongue) Because it’s fascinating close-up, few people are even aware of it, and I always root for the underdog. Vincent Parsons
Symphoricarpos albus (Snowberry) It looks so kind and beautiful but I think has a dark side! Ilana
Tellima grandiflora (Fringecup) Hardy Plant that is great ground cover on rocky slopes and sunny areas Monica McAllister
Tolmiea Menziesii (Piggyback Plant) It’s beautiful! Jessica
Trillium ovatum (Western Trillium) Childhood memories Trent Sullivan
Trillium ovatum (Western Trillium) My parents loved it as it was a harbinger of spring and now it is a wonderful memory of them for me. Elana Schwartz


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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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