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Native Plants

Native plants are a great choice for hedgerows, gardens, streamside plantings, meadows, woodlands, and more because they provide food and shelter for wildlife and pollinators and are well-adapted to local moisture regimes and soil types. Willamette Valley native plants can tolerate cool wet winters and warm dry summers. They do not require added fertilizers, and rarely need supplemental water after a year or two of summer watering to help them get established. We promote the use of native plants with our native plant sale and other handy resources.

Native Plant Sale

Marion SWCD holds two native plant sales each year to help you create beautiful, diverse wildlife habitat. We hold an Autumn Native Bulb Sale and a Spring Bareroot and Containerized Native Plant Sale.

Autumn Bulb Sale orders can be placed online September 1 – October 15 and picked up between 12-5pm at Salem Public Library on October 21 at the Pollinator Symposium. You don’t need to attend the Symposium to pick up your order, but you might want to! Learn more.

Proceeds from the sale fund scholarships for students from Marion County studying natural resources at an Oregon college or university.

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Native Plant Database

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Search for native plants in our easy-to-use, image-rich database, filter by habitat type, growth form, and other characteristics.

Helpful Handouts

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Native Willamette Valley Low Water Use Plants

This 2-sided handout lists trees, shrubs and flowering native plants, their light needs, soil moisture preferences, special uses, mature heights and descriptions.

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Blooming Time Table of Native Plants

This 2-sided handout lists the boom time range and colors for a selection of Willamette Valley native plants.

Video: Planning and Planting Your Native Garden

Recommended Native Plant Resources

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OregonFlora has assembled a comprehensive guide to the ~4,700 vascular plants of Oregon that is shared through their website, the Flora of Oregon books, and their wildflower identification app.

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Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards

The native plants for Willamette Valley yards booklet includes 140 plants primarily native to the Portland metropolitan area. The native plants booklet was created by Metro in collaboration with more than 20 partners around the region.

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The Meadowscaping Handbook

The Meadowscaping Handbook: Designing, Planting and Managing an Urban Meadow  is a compilation of knowledge and “lessons learned” designed as a “how-to” publication to help gardeners, landscape professionals, and ecologists in the Willamette Valley plan, design, plant, and maintain native plant meadows on small urban plots.

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Pollinator Plants: Maritime Northwest Region

This fact sheet produced by Xerces Society features regionally native plants that are highly attractive to pollinators and are well-suited for small-scale plantings in gardens, urban greenspaces, and farm field borders, and on business and school campuses.

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Audubon Native Plants Database

Audubon Society has created a native plant database in support of birds. Enter your 5-digit zip code to use Audubon’s native plants database and explore the best plants for birds in your area, as well as local resources and links to more information.

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Seek by iNaturalist

Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you.

Contact Us

Our staff can answer all your native plant questions.

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Sarah Hamilton
Native and Invasive Plant Specialist
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