Oregon Native Plants You Can Grow including SW Washington

Oregon Native Plants Can You Grow
  • There are many beautiful native plants that are easy to grow in the region
  • Important pollinators help our fruit and nuts grow 
  • Consider planting wildflowers native to the region 
  • Invasive plants compete for space with our native plants 

Gardeners love the month of May. Our staff pulled together a list of native plants, plants that attract pollinators, and invasive plants. This is the season when the magic happens and many of the native plants are low-maintenance for small and large yards. 

Five Oregon Native Plants

Oregon’s native plants attract pollinators and benefit the environment in many ways. There are trees, shrubs, and plants you can choose for spring in the region, and all of them are beautiful regardless of where you plant them.

Snowberry

Snowberry plant
Snowberry plant

This is a deciduous shrub with white berries, excellent for pollinators, and very[1] [2]  easy to grow

Red Checker-Mallow

Checker-Mallow plants
Checker-Mallow plants are also edible!

This is a pink hollyhock-like flower, and bees love this plant.

Tall Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape
Oregon Grape

This is the state flower of Oregon. This is an early pollinator resource for hummingbirds.

Wild rose

Wild Rose
Wild Roses

This hardy plant is a reliable bloomer with a nice fragrance.

Wildflowers are also native to the region. The Common Camas and the Showy Milkweed and both native wildflowers you can consider planting this spring. All the wildflower blooms are lovely.

Red-Flowering Currant

Red-Flowering Currant
Red-Flowering Currant

The magenta flowers bloom in early spring. It is low-maintenance and easy to grow. 

Wildflowers are also native to the region. The Common Camas and the Showy Milkweed and both native wildflowers you can consider planting this spring. All the wildflower blooms are lovely. 

Other Oregon native plants to consider

Our staff at Fang! Pet and Garden Supply can help you find any of the below native plants and wildflowers. Consider Tiny Wine Gold, a spirited shrub to brighten your landscape.

Gaultheria Shallon

Gaultheria Shallon
Gaultheria Shallon

The Gaultheria Shallon is a broadleaved evergreen shrub.

Massachusetts Kinnikinnik

Massachusetts Kinnikinnik
Massachusetts Kinnikinnik

The Massachusetts Kinnikinnik is broadleaf evergreen cover.

Fleabane

Oregon Fleabane
Oregon Fleabane

Oregon Fleabane Is a showy, classic Oregon wildflower.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Weed

The Butterfly Weed is a native wildflower that attracts butterflies.

Plants and flowers that attract main PNW pollinators

Fushia
Fushia is great for pollinators! 

What pollinators do we have here in the region? Many of our favorite fruit and nuts require a pollinator! You can call our staff at Fang! Pet and Garden Center to check on what’s available in that day or week as our inventory changes quickly.

  • Hummingbirds in our region (Rufous and Anna’s hummingbird species are the main two)
    • Plant: Native Honeysuckle, Trumpet Vine, and California Fushia
  • Bees (Over 800 species in the region)

The bees enjoy plants with an ‘open platform’ like a daisy which makes the pollen easy to reach.

Plant: Lavender, Oregano, California Poppy, Douglas Aster, and Pearly Everlasting which is a native wildflower
*These plants are recommended by the OSU master gardeners program

OSU Master Gardener YouTube video

Invasive plants in the PNW

English Ivy
English Ivy

These invasive plants compete with the above native plants! These all compete for space and are a problem in our region.

  • English Ivy
  • Garlic Mustard
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Tansy
  • Old Man’s Beard
  • Purple Loosestrife

DIY weed maintenance

There are DIY ways to maintain the weeds in the garden. A simple recipe may help out gardeners this spring.

DIY weed spray:

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and treat weeds at the sunniest time of day for best results.

Weeding the old school way is probably the best method yet this spray is safe and works well! Our staff at Fang! Pet and Garden Supply may help answer questions you have about native and invasive plants. Don’t hesitate to bring your questions down to our garden center.

Don’t forget about herbs! If you want to learn about more plants to add to your garden you may want to consider calendula and lavendar. These are also great for pollinators.

Resources:

Invasive plants in Oregon – https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/200906