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NATIVE PLANTS FOR THE BOISE AREA

Compiled by Chris Murphy, Idaho Conservation Data Center
Many species also occur on the companion spreadsheet, ‘Boise_Area_Species_and_Community_List.xls’; this is not a complete list, especially for riparian areas (see spreadsheet); the most important indicator species of different forest types are highlighted in yellow and would be great in the garden; most are commercially available; species are native from South-Central to Southwest (including Boise Foothills) to West-Central Idaho. Refer to Key at the bottom of this page: Code to Suggested Planting Guilds.



Low/Medium Shrubs


Forbs


Grasses


Code to Suggested Planting Guilds:


* = sagebrush-steppe (see spreadsheet: ‘ Boise_Area_Species_and_Community_List.xls’, includes Purshia tridentata and Chrysothamnus steppe communities)

# = warmer, drier forest (Pinus ponderosa/Agropyron spicatum, Pinus ponderosa/Festuca idahoensis, Pinus ponderosa/Symphoricarpos oreophilus or S. albus, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Symphoricarpos oreophilus, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Carex geyeri, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Berberis repens, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Calamagrostis rubescens)

@ = cooler, moister forest (Pseudotsuga menziesii/Spiraea betulifolia, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Symphoricarpos albus, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Vaccinium globulare, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Physocarpus malvaceus, Abies grandis/Spiraea betulifolia, Abies grandis/Vaccinium globulare, Abies grandis/Acer glabrum, Pinus contorta/Vaccinium scoparium)

& = juniper-steppe (similar to sagebrush-steppe communities, just insert juniper savannah into sagebrush-steppe in the spreadsheet and apply similarly)

% = riparian (see spreadsheet for variations)