Alaska Recommended

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Abies lasiocarpa
Subalpine fir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Acer circinatum
Oregon vine maple, Vine maple

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub, Tree
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Acer glabrum
Rocky Mountain maple

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water:

Aconitum columbianum
Columbian monkshood

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water: Moist

Adiantum pedatum
Northern maidenhair fern, Maidenhair fern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Fern
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Agrostis scabra
Fly-away grass, Rough bent, Rough bentgrass, Ticklegrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Amelanchier alnifolia
Saskatoon serviceberry, Western serviceberry, Juneberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Anaphalis margaritacea
Western pearly everlasting, Pearly-everlasting

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Anemone multifida
Pacific anemone, Red windflower, Early thimbleweed, Cut-leaf anemone

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Aquilegia formosa
Western columbine, Crimson columbine, Scarlet columbine, Red columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Kinnikinnick, Red bearberry, Kinnikinnik

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Arnica cordifolia
Heart-leaf leopardbane, Heartleaf arnica

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Athyrium filix-femina
Common lady fern, Subarctic lady fern, Lady fern, Ladyfern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Betula occidentalis
Mountain birch, Water birch

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Blechnum spicant
Deer fern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Calamagrostis canadensis
Bluejoint

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Callitropsis nootkatensis
Alaska cedar, Alaska-cedar, Yellow cedar, Nootka cedar

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Caltha palustris var. palustris
Cowslip, Marsh-marigold, Yellow marsh marigold

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Campanula rotundifolia
Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell of Scotland, Bluebell, Harebell, Witches' thimble

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Carex macrocephala
Big-head sedge, Largehead sedge

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water:

Carex rostrata
Beaked sedge, Swollen beaked sedge

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Carex stipata
Awlfruit sedge, Awl-fruited sedge, Stalk-grain sedge

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Wet, Moist

Chamerion angustifolium ssp. angustifolium
Fireweed, Narrow-leaf fireweed, Willow herb

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Chrysolepis chrysophylla var. chrysophylla
Giant chinkapin, Giant chinquapin

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Chrysolepis sempervirens
Bush chinquapin, Sierra chinquapin, Sierran chinkapin

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Clarkia amoena
Farewell to spring, Farewell-to-spring, Herald-of-summer

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Clinopodium douglasii
Oregon-tea, Yerba buena

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Clintonia uniflora
Bride's bonnet, Queen cup, Bead lily

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Cornus canadensis
Bunchberry dogwood, Canadian bunchberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Cornus sericea
Red osier dogwood, Red osier, Red-twig dogwood

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Cystopteris fragilis
Brittle bladderfern, Brittle bladder fern, Fragile fern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Danthonia spicata
Poverty oatgrass, Poverty wild oat grass, Curly grass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda
Shrubby cinquefoil, Golden hardhack, Potentilla

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Deschampsia cespitosa
Tufted hairgrass, Tufted hair grass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum
Western panicgrass, Rosette grass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Dryas octopetala
Eightpetal mountain-avens, Eight-petal mountain-avens, White mountain-avens, Mountain dryas

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Dryopteris carthusiana
Shield fern, Spinulose wood fern, Spinulose woodfern, Toothed wood fern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Elymus canadensis
Canada wild rye, Canadian wildrye, Prairie wildrye, Nodding wildrye

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Elymus glaucus
Blue wild rye, Blue wildrye

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa
Rabbitbrush, Rubber rabbitbrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Erigeron compositus
Alpine daisy, Cutleaf daisy, Dwarf mountain fleabane

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Fragaria chiloensis
Beach strawberry, Coast strawberry, Chilean strawberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Gymnocarpium dryopteris
Western oakfern, Northern oak fern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Sun, Shade
Water: Moist

Hesperostipa comata ssp. comata
Needle and thread

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Heterotheca villosa var. villosa
Golden-aster, Hairy false goldenaster

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Juniperus communis var. saxatilis
Common juniper, Dwarf juniper

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Kalmia polifolia
Bog laurel, Pale laurel, Swamp laurel

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet

Krascheninnikovia lanata
Winterfat

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Ledum groenlandicum
Bog Labrador tea, Rusty Labrador tea, Labrador tea, Hudson's Bay tea, Muskeg tea

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Lewisia cotyledon
Broadleaf lewisia, Siskiyou bitter-root, Siskiyou lewisia

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Leymus mollis ssp. mollis
American dune grass, American dunegrass, Beach wild rye

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water:

Linum lewisii var. lewisii
Blue flax, Prairie flax

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Luetkea pectinata
Alaska spiraea, Partridgefoot

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Maianthemum dilatatum
False lily of the valley, May lily, Canada Mayflower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Maianthemum racemosum ssp. racemosum
Feathery false lily of the valley, False spikenard, False Solomon's seal, Solomon's plume, Smilacina

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Mimulus guttatus
Yellow monkeyflower, Golden monkeyflower, Seep monkeyflower, Common monkeyflower

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Mimulus lewisii
Purple monkeyflower, Great purple monkeyflower, Lewis monkeyflower, Lewis's monkeyflower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Wet

Minuartia obtusiloba
Alpine stitchwort, Cushion sandwort, Twinflower sandwort

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Pedicularis groenlandica
Elephanthead lousewort

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Phacelia sericea
Silky phacelia, Purple fringe

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Phyllodoce empetriformis
Pink mountain heath, Pink mountain heather

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Physocarpus capitatus
Pacific ninebark

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Picea engelmannii
Engelmann's spruce, Engelmann spruce

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Picea sitchensis
Sitka spruce

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Pinus contorta
Lodgepole pine, Beach pine, Pino de san pedro martir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Pinus contorta var. murrayana
Sierra lodgepole pine, Lodgepole pine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Poa secunda
Canby blue grass, Curly blue grass, Pine blue grass, Sandberg bluegrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Polemonium pulcherrimum
Jacob's-ladder, Skunk leaf

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Polypodium glycyrrhiza
Licorice fern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Polystichum munitum
Western swordfern, Pineland swordfern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa
Black Cottonwood

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Populus tremuloides
Quaking aspen, Golden aspen, Trembling aspen, Mountain aspen, Aspen, Trembling poplar, Alamo blanco

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist, Dry

Prosartes smithii
Largeflower fairybells, Large-flower fairybells, Smith's fairybells

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Pseudoroegneria spicata ssp. spicata
Bluebunch wheatgrass, Bluebunch-wheat grass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Rosa nutkana
Nootka rose

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Rosa woodsii
Woods' rose, Western wild rose

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Rubus spectabilis
Salmon raspberry, Salmonberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Salix scouleriana
Scouler's willow, Western pussy willow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Saxifraga bronchialis
Yellowdot saxifrage, Yellow-spot saxifrage, Matted saxifrage

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Schoenoplectus acutus var. acutus
Hardstem bulrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Schoenoplectus maritimus
Alkali bulrush, Bayonet grass, Cosmopolitan bulrush, Prairie bulrush, Saltmarsh club-rush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Shepherdia canadensis
Russet buffaloberry, Rabbitberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Silene acaulis
Moss campion, Cushion pink

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Symphyotrichum ascendens
Pacific aster, Purple aster, Western American-aster, Western aster

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Symphyotrichum foliaceum var. foliaceum
Alpine leafybract aster, Leafy aster

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Taxus brevifolia
Pacific yew, Western yew

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Tellima grandiflora
Bigflower tellima, Fragrant fringecup

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Thuja plicata
Western red cedar, Western arborvitae, Canoe cedar

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Tiarella trifoliata var. unifoliata
Oneleaf foamflower, Sugar scoop, Western foamflower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water:

Tolmiea menziesii
Piggyback-plant, Thousand mothers, Youth on age, Youth-on-age

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water: Moist

Trisetum spicatum
Narrow false oat, Spike trisetum

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Tsuga heterophylla
Western hemlock

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist

Tsuga mertensiana
Mountain hemlock

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Typha latifolia
Broadleaf cattail, Common cattail

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Wet

Vaccinium parvifolium
Red blueberry, Red huckleberry

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Viburnum edule
Squashberry, Moosewood viburnum, Few-flowered cranberry bush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Viola glabella
Pioneer violet, Smooth yellow violet

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Wet, Moist