Category Archives: Blackfoot Native Plants

Pine grass

Common name: pine grass Botanical name: Calamagrostis rubescens Light: full shade to full sun; flowers in full sun but prefers some shade; frequently found in understory of coniferous forests Height: 8 – 30 inches Water:  Moist in spring, drought tolerant … Continue reading

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Sandberg bluegrass

Common name: Sandberg bluegrass Botanical name: Poa secunda, Poa sandbergii Light: full sun Height: 8 – 20 inches Water: little; drought tolerant once established Soil type: various soils from rich clay loam to stony, rocky soils Small perennial, cool season, native bunchgrass; one of … Continue reading

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western wheatgrass

Common name: western wheatgrass Botanical name: Pascopyrum smithii (Agropyron smithii) Light: full sun Height: 18 – 40 inches Water: moderate water but drought tolerant once established Soil type: various fine soils except sand Perennial native grass used extensively for restoration due to its ability to spread … Continue reading

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blue wildrye

Common name: blue wildrye Botanical name: Elymus glaucus Light: full sun to partial shade Height: 36 – 72 inches Water: moderate water in spring, moist to dry in summer (best with some water) Soil type: various soils, but best in good, loamy soils … Continue reading

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green needlegrass

Common name: green needlegrass Botanical name: Nassella viridula Light: full sun Height: 18 – 40 inches Water: moist; goes dormant in drought but revives later in season Soil type: well-drained fine textured sandy loam to clay loam soils Perennial native bunchgrass with 4 – … Continue reading

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wild hyacinth

Common name: wild hyacinth, large-flower triteleia Botanical name: Triteleia grandiflora (Brodiaea douglasii) Light: full sun to part shade Height: 12 – 36 inches Water: moist in spring, dry in summer, drought tolerant once established Soil type: well-drained loam to loam-clay soils Perennial, midsummer blooming … Continue reading

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slender wheatgrass

Common name: slender wheatgrass Botanical name: Elymus trachycaulus ssp. trachycaulus (Agropyron trachycaulum) Light: full sun Height: 13 – 24 inches Water:  Moist in spring, drought tolerant once established Soil type:  Various soils Large, tufted cool season bunchgrass with erect spikelets; may spread slowly … Continue reading

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little larkspur

  Common name: little larkspur Botanical name: Delphinium bicolor Perennial Missoula native wildflower Light: full sun to part shade Height: 6 – 16 inches Water: moist in spring, dry in summer Soil type: well-drained sandy loam to clay soils Blooms early summer; … Continue reading

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mountain brome (Bromus marginatus)

  Common name: mountain brome Botanical name: Bromus marginatus Light: Full Sun to part shade Height: 20 – 40 inches Water: moderate water to establish Soil: well-drained soils Cool season bunchgrass with flat green foliage.  Used for soil stabilization and revegetation.

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white mariposa lily

Common name: white mariposa lily Botanical name: Calochortus eurycarpus Light: full sun to part shade Height: 4 – 18 inches Water: moist in spring, dry in summer Soil type: well-drained soils Perennial, early summer blooming wildflower from a bulb. Several 1-2 inch white flowers … Continue reading

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