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Scientific Name Common Name Duration Habit Sun Water
Abies lasiocarpa Subalpine fir Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Acer circinatum Oregon vine maple, Vine maple Perennial Shrub, Tree Shade, Part-shade Moist
Acer glabrum Rocky Mountain maple Perennial Tree Sun
Aconitum columbianum Columbian monkshood Perennial Herb Shade Moist
Adiantum pedatum Northern maidenhair fern, Maidenhair fern Perennial Fern Shade, Part-shade Moist
Agrostis scabra Fly-away grass, Rough bent, Rough bentgrass, Ticklegrass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Amelanchier alnifolia Saskatoon serviceberry, Western serviceberry, Juneberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Anaphalis margaritacea Western pearly everlasting, Pearly-everlasting Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Anemone multifida Pacific anemone, Red windflower, Early thimbleweed, Cut-leaf anemone Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Aquilegia formosa Western columbine, Crimson columbine, Scarlet columbine, Red columbine Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Kinnikinnick, Red bearberry, Kinnikinnik Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Arnica cordifolia Heart-leaf leopardbane, Heartleaf arnica Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Athyrium filix-femina Common lady fern, Subarctic lady fern, Lady fern, Ladyfern Perennial Herb, Fern Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Betula occidentalis Mountain birch, Water birch Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Blechnum spicant Deer fern Perennial Herb, Fern Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Calamagrostis canadensis Bluejoint Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Callitropsis nootkatensis Alaska cedar, Alaska-cedar, Yellow cedar, Nootka cedar Perennial Tree Part-shade Wet
Caltha palustris var. palustris Cowslip, Marsh-marigold, Yellow marsh marigold Perennial Herb Part-shade Wet
Campanula rotundifolia Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell of Scotland, Bluebell, Harebell, Witches' thimble Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Dry
Carex macrocephala Big-head sedge, Largehead sedge Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun
Carex rostrata Beaked sedge, Swollen beaked sedge Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Wet
Carex stipata Awlfruit sedge, Awl-fruited sedge, Stalk-grain sedge Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Wet, Moist
Chamerion angustifolium ssp. angustifolium Fireweed, Narrow-leaf fireweed, Willow herb Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla Giant chinkapin, Giant chinquapin Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Chrysolepis sempervirens Bush chinquapin, Sierra chinquapin, Sierran chinkapin Perennial Shrub Sun
Clarkia amoena Farewell to spring, Farewell-to-spring, Herald-of-summer Annual Herb Part-shade
Clinopodium douglasii Oregon-tea, Yerba buena Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Clintonia uniflora Bride's bonnet, Queen cup, Bead lily Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist
Cornus canadensis Bunchberry dogwood, Canadian bunchberry Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Cornus sericea Red osier dogwood, Red osier, Red-twig dogwood Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Cystopteris fragilis Brittle bladderfern, Brittle bladder fern, Fragile fern Perennial Herb, Fern Part-shade Moist
Danthonia spicata Poverty oatgrass, Poverty wild oat grass, Curly grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Shade, Part-shade Dry
Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda Shrubby cinquefoil, Golden hardhack, Potentilla Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Deschampsia cespitosa Tufted hairgrass, Tufted hair grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Wet
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum Western panicgrass, Rosette grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Moist
Dryas octopetala Eightpetal mountain-avens, Eight-petal mountain-avens, White mountain-avens, Mountain dryas Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Dryopteris carthusiana Shield fern, Spinulose wood fern, Spinulose woodfern, Toothed wood fern Perennial Herb, Fern Shade, Part-shade Moist
Elymus canadensis Canada wild rye, Canadian wildrye, Prairie wildrye, Nodding wildrye Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Part-shade Moist
Elymus glaucus Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Moist
Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa Rabbitbrush, Rubber rabbitbrush Perennial Shrub Sun
Erigeron compositus Alpine daisy, Cutleaf daisy, Dwarf mountain fleabane Perennial Herb Part-shade
Fragaria chiloensis Beach strawberry, Coast strawberry, Chilean strawberry Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Dry
Gymnocarpium dryopteris Western oakfern, Northern oak fern Perennial Herb, Fern Sun, Shade Moist
Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata Needle and thread Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Heterotheca villosa var. villosa Golden-aster, Hairy false goldenaster Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Juniperus communis var. saxatilis Common juniper, Dwarf juniper Perennial Shrub Sun
Kalmia polifolia Bog laurel, Pale laurel, Swamp laurel Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet
Krascheninnikovia lanata Winterfat Perennial Shrub Sun
Ledum groenlandicum Bog Labrador tea, Rusty Labrador tea, Labrador tea, Hudson's Bay tea, Muskeg tea Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Lewisia cotyledon Broadleaf lewisia, Siskiyou bitter-root, Siskiyou lewisia Perennial Herb Part-shade
Leymus mollis ssp. mollis American dune grass, American dunegrass, Beach wild rye Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun
Linum lewisii var. lewisii Blue flax, Prairie flax Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Luetkea pectinata Alaska spiraea, Partridgefoot Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Maianthemum dilatatum False lily of the valley, May lily, Canada Mayflower Perennial Herb Shade Wet, Moist
Maianthemum racemosum ssp. racemosum Feathery false lily of the valley, False spikenard, False Solomon's seal, Solomon's plume, Smilacina Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist
Mimulus guttatus Yellow monkeyflower, Golden monkeyflower, Seep monkeyflower, Common monkeyflower Annual Herb Part-shade Moist
Mimulus lewisii Purple monkeyflower, Great purple monkeyflower, Lewis monkeyflower, Lewis's monkeyflower Perennial Herb Part-shade Wet
Minuartia obtusiloba Alpine stitchwort, Cushion sandwort, Twinflower sandwort Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Pedicularis groenlandica Elephanthead lousewort Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Phacelia sericea Silky phacelia, Purple fringe Biennial Herb Part-shade
Phyllodoce empetriformis Pink mountain heath, Pink mountain heather Perennial Shrub Part-shade Moist
Physocarpus capitatus Pacific ninebark Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Picea engelmannii Engelmann's spruce, Engelmann spruce Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist
Picea sitchensis Sitka spruce Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Pinus contorta Lodgepole pine, Beach pine, Pino de san pedro martir Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Pinus contorta var. murrayana Sierra lodgepole pine, Lodgepole pine Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Poa secunda Canby blue grass, Curly blue grass, Pine blue grass, Sandberg bluegrass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade
Polemonium pulcherrimum Jacob's-ladder, Skunk leaf Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Polypodium glycyrrhiza Licorice fern Perennial Herb, Fern Part-shade Moist
Polystichum munitum Western swordfern, Pineland swordfern Perennial Herb, Fern Shade, Part-shade Moist
Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa Black Cottonwood Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Populus tremuloides Quaking aspen, Golden aspen, Trembling aspen, Mountain aspen, Aspen, Trembling poplar, Alamo blanco Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist, Dry
Prosartes smithii Largeflower fairybells, Large-flower fairybells, Smith's fairybells Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Pseudoroegneria spicata ssp. spicata Bluebunch wheatgrass, Bluebunch-wheat grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Rosa nutkana Nootka rose Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Rosa woodsii Woods' rose, Western wild rose Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Rubus spectabilis Salmon raspberry, Salmonberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Salix scouleriana Scouler's willow, Western pussy willow Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Saxifraga bronchialis Yellowdot saxifrage, Yellow-spot saxifrage, Matted saxifrage Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Schoenoplectus acutus var. acutus Hardstem bulrush Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Wet
Schoenoplectus maritimus Alkali bulrush, Bayonet grass, Cosmopolitan bulrush, Prairie bulrush, Saltmarsh club-rush Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Wet
Shepherdia canadensis Russet buffaloberry, Rabbitberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Silene acaulis Moss campion, Cushion pink Perennial Herb Sun
Symphyotrichum ascendens Pacific aster, Purple aster, Western American-aster, Western aster Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. foliaceum Alpine leafybract aster, Leafy aster Perennial Herb Part-shade Moist
Taxus brevifolia Pacific yew, Western yew Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Tellima grandiflora Bigflower tellima, Fragrant fringecup Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Thuja plicata Western red cedar, Western arborvitae, Canoe cedar Perennial Tree Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Tiarella trifoliata var. unifoliata Oneleaf foamflower, Sugar scoop, Western foamflower Perennial Herb Shade
Tolmiea menziesii Piggyback-plant, Thousand mothers, Youth on age, Youth-on-age Perennial Herb Shade Moist
Trisetum spicatum Narrow false oat, Spike trisetum Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Moist
Tsuga heterophylla Western hemlock Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist
Tsuga mertensiana Mountain hemlock Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Typha latifolia Broadleaf cattail, Common cattail Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Part-shade Wet
Vaccinium parvifolium Red blueberry, Red huckleberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Viburnum edule Squashberry, Moosewood viburnum, Few-flowered cranberry bush Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Viola glabella Pioneer violet, Smooth yellow violet Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist