Native Plants for Subalpine Elevations
Pacific Silver Fir
An attractive conifer with short dark green needles. Tolerant of shade.
Aromatic herb with delicate fern-like leaves and flat-topped clusters of white flowers.
Height: Found at nearly all elevations but most common at lower elevations.
Clump forming, perennial herb with small withering basal leaves and papery white flower clusters.
Delicate perennial with large nodding, star-shaped, spurred flowers that are a favorite of hummingbirds.
A mat-forming evergreen shrub producing lovely pink flowers that later turn into red berries.
Tall, delicate, light-green fronds from a basal cluster.
Height: All elevations except alpine.
Perennial herb with large white flowers held above broadly rounded leaves; grows in wet subalpine meadows.
Height: 900-3300 meters elevation.
Delicate stems topped by large, nodding bell-shaped blue flowers.
An attractive wildflower with red brush-like flower clusters.
Height: Can be found from low to high elevations, but most common in the subalpine.
Densely tufted perennial grass.
Height: Common at all elevations.
Perennial grass with thread-like leaves forming small patches.
Height: Below 2500 meters.
A wild strawberry with thin leaves, low, short runners, white flowers, and small red strawberries.
Low growing wild strawberry with runners, white flowers, and small red strawberries.
Grows from rhizomes with one to many flower stems that are reddish and covered with fine hairs and topped with delicate panicles of tiny white flowers.
Grass with erect stems that are bent at the base and sometimes hairy on the leaf sheaths.
Height: Frequent along the east side of the Cascade Mountains.
Low-growing ground cover with spikes of small white flowers.
A clump forming perennial with large pinkish-red flowers.
|Nuphar luteum ssp. polysepalum
An aquatic water lily with large, round, floating leaves and fleshy, yellow flowers held at the water surface.
Low mat-forming perennial with small evergreen leaves and large blue-purple tubular flowers.
Spreading shrub with numerous tubular purple flowers.
Perennial, sprawling sub-shrub from a woody stem base, with large purple tubular flowers at stem tips.
Mat forming perennial with showy white to pink flowers.
Short pine tree, often with crooked trunk and bushy habit.
White Rein-Orchid, Bog Candle
Perennial orchid with spikes of white flowers from tuber-like roots.
Taprooted perennial with mostly basal leaves and blue bell-shaped flowers.
Rhizomous perennial fern with large, much-divided solitary fronds,
Unarmed spreading shrub with large white flowers. Usually forms dense thickets.
Low mound-forming shrub with rounded clusters of intense pink tiny flowers.
Herb with erect or ascending stems and spikes of dainty white flowers.
Slow growing evergreen conifer.
A blue flowered violet that grows from slender rhizomes and is stemless in the early season, later grow upright stem.
Forms a tall grass-like clump of tough leaves topped by a large dense cluster of white flowers.
The landscaping and restoration information provided on this page is taken from the Starflower Foundation Image Herbarium. All photographs © Starflower Foundation unless otherwise noted.