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Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database



Welcome to 2015



Native Plants

Plant Lists



Field Guide

Garden Chore Calendar

Gardening With Natives


Wildlife Habitats

Indian Plum

(Oemleria cerasiformis)

Black Cap Chickadee

Bob Hines, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

About Wally


Edible/Medicinal Uses for Natives

Green Living

Lacy White Flowers--Good, Bad or Deadly!

Newsletters from Wally

NW Native Plant Journal

Indian Plum

(Oemleria cerasiformis)

Black Cap Chickadee

Photo credit: Dawn Huczek, "Free Falling-My mom said this looks like a bird on a trampoline"


Plant Information

Nurseries with Natives

Native Plant Landscapers

Indian Plum

(Oemleria cerasiformis)

News from The Wild Garden

Grass widows (Olsynium douglasii) are starting to bloom now along Catherine Creek and in nearby Coyote Wall in northeast Oregon.

This lovely grass-like perennial has clumped stems topped by showy reddish-purple to pink flowers March to June. Washington's Burke Museum says:

"One of our earliest blooming springtime wildflowers, and sure to catch your eye with its large cheerful blooms."

Native throughout Washington, but more common east of the Cascades crest where the dryer conditions are more to its liking. Find it in high desert country, coastal bluffs, prairies, open rocky areas, oak and ponderosa pine woodlands, sagebrush and juniper desert, where moister conditions apply in early spring.

There are two varieties:

  • Olsynium douglasii var. douglasii. Coastal western North America. Flower filaments with a narrow base.

  • Olsynium douglasii var. inflatum. Interior western North America. Flower filaments with an inflated base.


Photo credit: Walter Siegmund                                       Photo credit: Blue Canoe              Photo credit: Walter Siegmund 

Douglas' grass-widow (Olsynium douglasii var. 

douglasii, syn. Sisyrinchium douglasii

Sisyrinchium grandiflorum) and Western 

Springbeauty (Claytonia lanceolata), Meeks 

Table Research Natural Area, William O. 

Douglas Wilderness, Wenatchee National Forest, 

Washington, USA.


Photo credit: Blue Canoe

NW Native Plant Journal, 1st quarter, 2015

Your copy of the very first Northwest Native Plant Journal awaits!

Read about --  

Maintaining insect control: Winter in the wildlife garden

A winter-lovely shrub: Bird Cherry

On the wing: Recent visitors at Nona and Donís

Conifer blooms: Cones of fir and pine

Calendar 2015: A gift for you

Oh those conifers!: Wild winter beauty


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(How I met the garden's master)

Once upon an autumn weekend (I think it was around 1995), a fellow gardener and I planned to visit a nursery close to Salem, Oregon. I'd found a small ad in the local newspaper's classifieds offering native plants for sale. The idea of including natives in our gardens was novel and intriguing. I was sparsely acquainted with this genre,

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