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Links & Resources
Landscaping with Native Plants of the Intermountain Region. Technical Reference 1730, 2003. USDI – Bureau of Land Management.
Idaho Botanical Garden has informative demonstration areas such as the Lewis & Clark Native Plant Garden and a Firewise landscaping demonstration (by the University of Idaho). We would like to thank the Idaho Botanical Garden for allowing us to photograph and use on our website numerous images of native plants in landscaping.
A serious investment by the State of Utah to demonstrate and educate the public on native plants, landscaping alternatives and stewardship.
Utah native plants for landscaping.
More useful information for Utah.
Extensive collection of Washington native plant images by the University of Washington Herbarium.
Plants of Montana.
Find your USDA Plant Hardiness Zone.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Plants Database. This is our primary authority for whether a plant is native to the state.
A website where you can learn about your soils. Not very user friendly, but manageable if you have time.
Federal list of Noxious Weeds. State agencies may have additional species listed as Noxious.
The Colorado WaterWise Council's mission is to promote the efficient use of Colorado´s water. Their affiliated program, Xeriscape Colorado, is a leading source of information for low water landscapes.
The national Firewise Communities program is intended to serve as a resource for agencies, tribes, organizations, fire departments, and communities across the U.S. who are working toward a common goal: reduce loss of lives, property, and resources to wildland fire by building and maintaining communities in a way that is compatible with our natural surroundings.
Native Plant Societies
Books & Publications
Denver Water. 1996. Xeriscape Plant Guide. Produced by Denver Water and American Water Works Association. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing. Also has other Xeriscape books.
Fitzgerald, Tonie. Landscaping With Native Plants In the Inland Northwest, booklet. Pullman, WA: WSU Bulletin Office. Publication MISC0267.
Kruckeberg, Arthur C. 2003. Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, 2nd Ed. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
Link, Russell. 1999. Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
Mee, Wendy, Jared Barnes, Roger Kjelgren, Richard Sutton, Teresa Cerny, and Craig Johnson. 2003. Waterwise Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.
Meyer, Susan E., Roger K. Kjelgren, Darrel G. Morrison, William A. Varga. 2009.Landscaping on the New Frontier: Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.
Nold, Robert, 2008. High and Dry: Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants. Portland, OR: Timber Press, Inc.
Phillips, H. Wayne. 2003. Plants of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Missoula, MT: Mountain Publishing Company.
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, 2005. Creating Native Landscapes in the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, Booklet. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 10 E. Babcock, Rm. 443, Bozeman, MT 59715. (406) 587-6842.
Native Plant Identification
Derig, Betty B. and Margaret C. Fuller. 2001. Wild Berries of the West. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company.
Hitchcock, C.L. and A. Cronquist. 1973. Flora of the Pacific Northwest (1st edition). Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press.
Lyons, C.P. and B. Merilees. 1999. Trees & Shrubs of Washington. Auburn, WA: Lone Pine Publishing.
Strickler, Dee, 1997. Northwest Penstemons. Columbia Falls, MT: Flower Press.
Taylor, Ronald. 1992. Sagebrush Country. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Co.
Turner, Mark and Phyllis Gustafson, 2006. Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest. Portland, OR: Timber Press, Inc.
Ecosystem Information of the Intermountain West
Franklin, Jerry F., and C.T. Dyrness. 1988. Natural Vegetation of Oregon and Washington. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.
Johnson, Charles Grier Jr. 1998. Common Plants of the Inland Pacific Northwest. R6-NR-ECOL-TP-04-98. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region,.