Native plants

Native Camas

Native plants occur in a landscape naturally, without having been introduced by humans.

There are many reasons to consider using native plants on your urban, residential or rural property. Plants native to the Willamette Valley are not only beautiful but they tend to be hardier and easier to establish than many non-native plants. Since they are easier to establish they help conserve water and are less likely to require extra fertilizer or pesticides to thrive. Native plants also provide needed food and habitat for wildlife.

One thing to consider when choosing plants is the characteristics of your site and whether it is compatible with the needs of the plants you desire. For instance, some plants do well in sunny places but not in shade. Some plants like wet conditions, others like dry. Is your soil wet all year or does it dry out during part of the year? Your native planting efforts will be much more successful if you choose the right plant for the site, and we can help you make these choices.

Good Native Plants Choices for the Willamette Valley


  • Western Red Cedar
  • Douglas Fir
  • Big Leaf Maple
  • Oregon White Oak


  • Redosier Dogwood
  • Indian Plum
  • Ninebark
  • Red Flowering Currant
  • Snowberry
  • Salmonberry
  • Kinnikinnik
  • Vine Maple

Ground Covers

  • Oregon Grape
  • Salal
  • Sword Fern

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