Native plant sale features flora of the Palouse

click to enlarge Taper-leaf penstemon, with showy, blue, tubular flowers, is easy to grow, and bees love it. In rich soils, plants can grow to be 1 to 2 feet tall with many dark green leaves. - PAM BRUNSFELD
Pam Brunsfeld
Taper-leaf penstemon, with showy, blue, tubular flowers, is easy to grow, and bees love it. In rich soils, plants can grow to be 1 to 2 feet tall with many dark green leaves.

If more plants have died in your yard than thrived, maybe it’s because they never belonged there in the first place.

Native plants evolved along with the region’s terrain over eons. They are vital to area wildlife and pollinators because they provide nectar, pollen, fruit, seed, nesting material, shelter and roosting sites. They require less water and, once established, usually require minimal care.

The White Pine Chapter of the Idaho Native Plant Society is holding its 10th Annual Native Plant Sale online Wednesday through Saturday. The sale features more than 2,000 plants from 100 different species, according to member Penny Morgan. The selection includes native plants from the Palouse prairie and adjacent woodlands and forests, with a mix of perennials, grasses, annuals, shrubs, trees and others. Proceeds support the group’s efforts to increase local native plant populations through projects and outreach.

The sale is at www.whitepineinps.org. People can view the plants online and pay by credit card. Pickup is available curbside the next day between 3 and 7 p.m. at the Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute, 1040 Rodeo Drive, Moscow.

Morgan shared information about a few of the plants that will be for sale.

click to enlarge Sticky geranium’s flowers and large distinctive leaves bring color to gardens. The bright flowers attract pollinators in late spring and early summer. Grows 1 to 3 feet tall in meadows, prairies, open woodland and pineland edges where there is partial or full sun. - PENNY MORGAN
Penny Morgan
Sticky geranium’s flowers and large distinctive leaves bring color to gardens. The bright flowers attract pollinators in late spring and early summer. Grows 1 to 3 feet tall in meadows, prairies, open woodland and pineland edges where there is partial or full sun.
click to enlarge From left to right are: sticky cinquefoil, which will soon have bright yellow flowers; western yarrow, which will bloom white and expand rapidly into open spaces; and two western mountain aster plants, which will bloom in late summer with purple ray flowers with yellow centers that attract pollinators. All are easy-to-grow perennials. - PENNY MORGAN
Penny Morgan
From left to right are: sticky cinquefoil, which will soon have bright yellow flowers; western yarrow, which will bloom white and expand rapidly into open spaces; and two western mountain aster plants, which will bloom in late summer with purple ray flowers with yellow centers that attract pollinators. All are easy-to-grow perennials.

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