Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Shrubby Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa Pursh)

Plant Family

Rose family (Rosaceae)

Note: Shrubby cinquefoil was recently reclassified as Dasiphora fruticosa (L.) and subspeciesDasiphora floribunda (Pursh), Also see Pentaphylloides floribunda

Common Names

Potentilla, Shrubby potentilla, Bush cinquefoil, Widdy, Golden hardhack

Description

  • Shrubby cinquefoil is a long lived native shrub distributed throughout the northern and western US, Alaska, and throughout Canada
  • It is also native to northern Europe and Asia
  • Many cultivars of this popular shrub have been developed for the nursery trade
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Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Garden: Ninebark (Physocarpus species)

Plant Family

Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Common Names

Mallow or Mallow-leaved ninebark (P. malvaceus), Common or Eastern ninebark (P. opufolius)

Description

There are several native ninebark species found in North America. Two of the most commonly used in the landscape are Physocaropus opufolius and Physocaropus malvaceus

Physocarpus opufolius (Common ninebark, Eastern ninebark)

  • Medium to large sized shrub native to central and the Eastern U.S.
  • Mature size ranges from 5 to 8 or more feet high

Plants for the Water Wise Pollinator Garden: Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

 

Plant Family

Aster Family (Asteraceae / Compositae)

Common Names

Echinacea, Purple coneflower, Eastern purple coneflower

Description

  • Native to the eastern and mid-western United States and parts of Canada
  • This popular garden plant is considered a stalwart in pollinator gardens
  • Not considered particularly water wise in more arid regions
  • Consider grouping Echinacea with other less water wise pollinator plants closer to a water source
  • Water requirements range from 14 to 40 inches but coneflower does best on moist

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Creeping mahonia (Mahonia repens, Berberis repens, Berberis aquifolium var. repens)

Plant Family

Barberry Family (Berberidaceae)

Common Names

Ash barberry
Creeping barberry
Creeping holly grape
Creeping mahonia
Creeping Oregon grape
Creeping western barberry
Dwarf Oregon grape
Holly grape
Mountain holly
Oregon barberry
Oregon grape

Description

Creeping mahonia is a small woody evergreen shrub native mainly to western and northern North America. It is a long lived hardy plant that is adapted to USDA Zones 4 through 8 and grows on mountain slopes up to 10,000 feet.

Mahonia has a …

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

 

Plant Family

Aster Family (Asteraceae)

Common Names

Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower

Description

  • Perennial plant native to eastern North American
  • Although not technically considered water wise, Rudbeckia will grow in dry areas but they perform best in moist well drained soils
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 3 through
  • Do best in full sun / can tolerate a little light shade
  • This plant forms a large clump and is great planted in masses
  • Cheerful flowering sunflower-like flowers of yellow / gold have brown

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Jupiter’s Beard (Centranthus ruber)

 

Plant Family

Valerian Family (Valerianaceae)

Common Names

Jupiter’s beard, Red valerian, Keys of Heaven

Description

  • Attractive herbaceous perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region of North Africa, Asia Minor, and Europe
  • Classified as a sub-shrub due to woody tissue that develops at the base of the plant
  • Plants grow from 2 to 3 feet high and wide
  • Reddish pink flower clusters bloom during late spring and through the summer (A white cultivar is also available)
  • Deadheading will

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus and Cosmos bipinnatus)

 

Plant family

Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)

Common Names

Cosmos

Description

Cosmos are a drought tolerant annual flower native to Mexico. Plants can reseed under the right conditions. Several species of cosmos are available for purchase.Cosmos sulphureus and Cosmos bipinnatus are two commonly available species.

Many cultivars are available. Flowers come in a wide variety of colors that bloom from early summer through fall.  Leaves are feathery and plants can grow to 6 feet tall.

Cosmos needs little …

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)

 

Plant Family

Aster or Composite family (Asteraceae / Compositae)

Other Common Names

Echinops

Description

  • Herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe and Asia
  • Globe thistle is a striking plant with interesting round vibrant blue/purple thistle-like flowers and leaves that attract lots of bees
  • Can reach heights of up to 4 feet and can grow to 3 feet wide
  • Full sun but can tolerate part shade in hot climates
  • Cold hardy and grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Cleome serrulata Pursh)

Plant Family

Caper Family (Capparaceae)

Common Names

Rocky Mountain bee plant
Stinking-clover
Bee spiderflower
Toothed spider-flower
Stink weed
Skunk weed

Description

Rocky mountain bee plant is an annual plant native to the western, central, and northern United States and throughout Canada.  It is often found on disturbed sites and grows to about 5 feet tall. Open cluster of purple pink flowers bloom continuously from mid to late summer. Long pods produce abundant seed that readily recolonizes bare well …

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Catmint (Nepeta faassinii and hybrids) N. x faassenii, N. mussinii

 

Plant Family

Mint Family (Labiatae/Lamiacea)

Other Common Names

Catmint, Faasen’s catmint (N. faassinii), Blue catmint

Description

  • Attractive long lived perennial native to Europe
  • It grows to 12 to 36 inches high and wide, depending on cultivar
  • Tall spikes of purple flowers bloom from late spring through summer
  • Requires well drained garden soils
  • Performs well in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8
  •  Full sun but can tolerate some shade in hotter climates

Note: Catmint should …