Large camas (Camassia leichtlinii)

Large camas (Camassia leichtlinii)

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Large camas (Camassia leichtlinii) is a spring-flowering bulbous perennial wildflower that is beautiful enough for the most high-end ornamental garden, yet adaptable and ecologically important enough to be included in habitat restoration projects within its range. Purple, lavender, or blueish-purple, star-shaped flowers open sequentially (bottom to top) in an upright terminal raceme, on thick stems that reach 2.5′-3.5′ tall. 2′ long, strap-shaped leaves rise from the clumping bulbs and wither after flowering. A lover of moist conditions, especially winter through late spring, large camas can dry out in the late summer months when the bulbs go dormant. In the wild, large camas is typically found growing in vernally moist meadows, grasslands, and on moist slopes or along rivers and streams. Tolerant of a wide variety of soil types, including clay, as long as there is adequate moisture in the spring. Camas provides valuable, early-season nectar and pollen for a variety of native pollinators. Camas was a staple food for many Native American tribes. The bulbs were harvested in the fall and either pit roasted or boiled and eaten, or dried and pounded into a flour.

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds has large camas (Camassia leichtlinii) seed available. Check out our online shopping cart today!

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds

Native Seed Germination Chart

(Click on the title to view and download the chart in Excel format.)

 

It can be difficult to find information regarding seed germination for native plant species. Through our own native plant propagation and growing experience, as well as long-term seed germination experimentation, we have developed a seed germination chart for species we often have in our inventory. This chart specifies the pretreatment needs for seed through cold-moist stratification (chilling requirements) or heat treatment, for natural or artificial seed germination, as well as recommendations for planting seed outside for natural seed germination. Germination rates can vary so your own personal experimentation is encouraged!

Common Name Botanical Name Seed Germination Instructions
Vine maple Acer circinatum 30-60 days warm-moist stratification followed by 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Common yarrow Achillea millefolium No pretreatment required. Sow in fall or spring on or just below the soil surface. Needs warm soil and light to germinate.
Vanillaleaf Achlys triphylla 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Columbia monkshood Aconitum columbianum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Horse mint Agastache urticifolia 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Western joepiweed Ageratina occidentalis No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring. Germination may be improved with 30 days cold stratification
California dandelion Agoseris grandiflora No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring. Germination may be improved with 30 days cold stratification.
Tapertip onion Allium acuminatum 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Pacific mountain onion Allium validum 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Menzies’ fiddleneck Amsinckia menziesii 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall for best germination.
Sharptooth angelica Angelica arguta 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Woodland madia Ansiocarpus madioides 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Western columbine Aquilegia formosa 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
California spikenard Aralia californica 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall for best germination.
Goat’s beard Aruncus dioicus 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter. Plant on soil surface or lightly cover. Seed needs light to germinate.
Heartleaf milkweed Asclepias cordifolia 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Narrowleaf milkweed Asclepias fascicularis 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Showy milkweed Asclepias speciosa 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
California harebell Asyneuma prenanthoides 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall to late winter. Sow on soil surface or lightly cover. Seed needs light to germinate.
Deltoid balsamroot Balsamorhiza deltoidea 90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Tall Oregon grape Berberis (Mahonia) aquifolium 90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Cascade Oregon grape Berberis (Mahonia) nervosa 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall to late winter.
California brome Bromus carinatus No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Chinook brome Bromus laevipes No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall.
Tolmie’s cats ear Calochortus tolmiei 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall to late winter.
Marsh marigold Caltha leptosepala 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall to late winter.
Large camas Camassia leichtlinii 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall to late winter.
Deer brush Ceanothus integerrimus Soak in hot (not boiling) water for 24 hours, then 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Birch leaf mountain mahogany Cercocarpus betuloides 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Soaproot Chlorogalum pomeridianum No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Fireweed Chamerion angustifolia 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Western redbud Cercis occidentalis Soak in hot (not boiling) water for 24 hours, then 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Western clematis Clematis ligusticifolia 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Hound’s tongue Cynoglossum grande 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Mountain larkspur Delphinium glaucum 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Meadow larkspur Delphinium nuttallianum 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Henderson’s shooting star Dodecatheon hendersonii 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Squirreltail grass Elymus elymoides No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Blue wildrye Elymus glaucus No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Capitate sandwort Eremogone congesta 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Tall wooly buckwheat Eriogonum elatum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Arrowleaf buckwheat Eriogonum compositum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Barestem buckwheat Eriogonum nudum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Sulphur flower buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Oregon sunshine Eriophyllum lanatum 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Henderson’s fawn lily Erythronium hendersonii 90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Scarlet monkey flower Erythranthe (Mimulus) cardinalis No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring. Seeds need light to germinate, surface sow.
Yellow seep monkey flower Erythranthe (Mimulus) guttata No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring. Seeds need light to germinate, surface sow.
California poppy Eschscholzia californica 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Western goldentop Euthamia occidentalis No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
California fescue Festuca californica 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Roemer’s fescue Festuca roemeri 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Cascara Frangula purshiana 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall to late winter.
Bluehead gilia Gilia capitata 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
White rushlily Hastingsia alba 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Bigelow’s sneezweed Helenium bigelovii 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Cowparsnip Heracleum maximum 120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Alum root Heuchera micrantha 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall. Seeds need light to germinate, surface sow.
Oceanspray Holodiscus discolor 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Broad leaved lotus Hosackia crassifolia Soak in hot (not boiling) water for 24 hours, then 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall to late winter.
Scarlet gilia Ipomopsis aggregata 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Red beardtongue Keckiella corymbosa 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Bush beardtongue Keckiella lemmonii 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Bolander’s tarweed Kyhosia bolanderi 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Siskiyou lewisia Lewisia cotyledon 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Blue wild flax Linum lewisii 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
California lomatium Lomatium californicum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Fernleaf biscuitroot Lomatium dissectum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Bigseed biscuitroot Lomatium macrocarpum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Nineleaf buscuitroot Lomatium triternatum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Common lomatium Lomatium utriculatum 60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Pink honeysuckle Lonicera hispidula 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Sickelkeel lupine Lupinus albicaulis Soak in hot (not boiling) water for 24 hours, then 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Silver bush lupine Lupinus albifrons No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Velvet lupine Lupinus leucophyllus Soak in hot (not boiling) water for 24 hours, then 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Elegant tarweed Madia elegans No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Large false Soloman’s seal Maianthemum racemosum Seed takes two years to germinate. Sow outside in fall. 6 months cold-moist stratification, followed by 4 months warm-moist stratification, followed by another 5 months cold-moist stratification.
Giant blazingstar Mentzelia laevicaulis 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Coyote mint Monardella odoratissima 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Coyote tobacco Nicotiana attenuata No pretreatment required. Sow outside, or start in a greenhouse in spring.
Indian tobacco Nicotiana quadrivalvis No pretreatment required. Sow outside, or start in a greenhouse in spring.
False turtlehead Nothochelone nemorosa 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Douglas’ grasswidow Olsynium douglasii 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Siskiyou Mountains owl’s clover Orthocarpus cuspidatus 90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Indian warrior Pedicularis densiflora 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall. Hemiparasite, needs host plant to thrive. Parasitic on members of the heath family, such as manzanita or madrone.
Siskiyou penstemon Penstemon anguineus 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Hot rock penstemon Penstemon deustus 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Mountain blue penstemon Penstemon laetus 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Small flowered penstemon Penstemon procerus 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Western sweet coltsfoot Petasites frigidus No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Varilieaf phacelia Phacelia heterophylla 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring. Seeds need light to germinate, surface sow.
Tall phacelia Phacelia procera 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall. Seeds need light to germinate, surface sow.
Mock orange Philadelphus lewisii 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Pacific ninebark Physocarpus capitatus 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Hooker’s fairybells Prosartes hookeri 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Chokecherry Prunus virginiana 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Bitter cherry Prunus emarginata 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Golden currant Ribes aureum 90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Wax currant Ribes cereum 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Sierra gooseberry Ribes roezlii 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Sticky currant Ribes viscosissimum 90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Thimbleberry Rubus parviflorus 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Waxy coneflower Rudbeckia glaucescens 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Western coneflower Rudbeckia occidentalis 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Blue elderberry Sambucus nigra spp. caerulea 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Pacific blacksnakeroot Sanicula crassicaulis 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Lambstongue ragwort Senecio integerrimus 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Arrowleaf ragwort Senecio triangularis 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Oregon checkermallow Sidalcea oregana 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Bell catchfly Silene campanulata 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
West coast Canada goldenrod Solidago elongata No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Western mountain ash Sorbus scopulina 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Douglas’ spiraea Spiraea douglasii 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Subalpine spiraea Spiraea splendens 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.
Lemmon’s needlegrass Stipa lemmonii 90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Claspleaf twistedstalk Streptopus amplexifolius Seed takes two years to germinate. Sow outside in fall. 6 months cold-moist stratification, followed by 4 months warm-moist stratification, followed by another 5 months cold-moist stratification.
Leafybract aster Symphyotrichum foliaceum No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Fringe cups Tellima grandiflora 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
Western false asphodel Triantha occidentalis 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Vinegarweed Trichostema lanceolatum 60-90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow in fall to late winter.
California false hellebore Veratrum californicum 30-60 days warm-moist stratification followed by 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in early fall.
Western verbena Verbena lasiostachys 30-60 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall or early spring.
American vetch Vicia americana No pretreatment required. Sow outside in fall to early spring.
Narrowleaf mule’s ears Wyethia angustifolia 90 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.
Beargrass Xerophyllum tenax 90-120 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall.

 

Ashland Community Seed Swap March 2018

Community Seed Swap

Ashland Community Seed Swap March 2018

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds is happy to sponsor the 2018 Community Seed Swap in Ashland, OR coming up on March 31st. We will be there as a vendor selling native plant seeds! See you there!

GROW NATIVE—GROW WILD

Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest

Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest

Corvallis PMC Native Seed Production Manual for the Pacific Northwest

Looking for some detailed information on native seed propagation and plant propagation? This manual is a great resource. Although the manual is more focused on species that grow to the north of the Klamath-Siskiyou, there are still many native plants to our area included, and even having information on related species can be very helpful.

Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds is working hard to update our website to include more detailed plant information and seed germination instructions for all of the species we offer. Stay tuned, but for now, take a look at this manual for both information and inspiration!

To view the manual you can click on the title above or view and download from clicking here.

Planting and seeding in the prescribed burn area in upland grassland and oak savanna habitat at the Sampson Creek Preserve.

In November Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds (KSNS) took part in a major native planting project for monarch butterfly habitat on the Sampson Creek Preserve outside Ashland, OR, near Emigrant Lake. The Sampson Creek Preserve is managed by the Selberg Institute as a nature preserve that encompasses nearly 4,800 acres of undeveloped grasslands, woodlands and forest. The preserve was a former cattle ranch and long-term cattle grazing has had an impact on the herbaceous native plant community in what is otherwise a stunningly beautiful and highly valuable habitat that borders the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Selberg Institute is taking steps to combat invasive species and restore the native plant diversity on the preserve.

Planting native plants for monarch butterfly habitat in the riparian area at the Sampson Creek Preserve.

The Sampson Creek Preserve planting is part of a larger project partially funded by a $193,786 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund. A coalition that included the Selberg Institute, Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, BLM, and Lomakatsi Restoration Project secured the grant in order to do restoration work on a wide variety of sites in southwest Oregon, and across a large geographic area. Sites include Forest Service land in Agness, BLM/TNC land on Table Rocks, Forest Service land in Butte Falls, private land in the Colstein Valley and Ashland areas, as well as the Sampson Creek Preserve. This landscape-scale project is likely the largest effort to restore western monarch butterfly habitat in the West.

Planting native milkweed and other native herbaceous plants into the prescribed burn area at the Sampson Creek Preserve.

The overall goal of the project is to restore monarch butterfly habitat on 300 acres in southwest Oregon. The Sampson Creek Preserve portion of the project includes 40 acres of restoration within riparian habitat as well as upland, grassland habitat with an oak savanna component. Twenty acres of the grassland and oak savanna had a prescribed burn in the fall prior to planting and seeding. With help from KSNS, Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates (SOMA) and the Selberg Institute designed and implemented the planting and seeding at the Sampson Creek Preserve.

The planting at the Sampson Creek Preserve included a wide-variety of community partners, organizations, and volunteers: Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon University students, SOMA, BLM botany interns, KSNS, the Selberg Institute, local monarch and pollinator advocates, and retired BLM and Forest Service staff, all pulled together to make it happen!

Maia Black, Executive Director of the Selberg Institute, mixing and planting seeds collected by Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds in the prescribed burn area.

Custom, site-specific seed mixing of native seeds collected at the Sampson Creek Preserve for seeding into the prescribed burn area.

Over the last two years KSNS has collected seed from various habitat types at Sampson Creek Preserve for growing out nursery stock and direct seeding. We collected seeds from 48 native species in 2017. See the full list here: 2017 SCP Seed Collection List

We took care to collect ethical amounts of seed from various collection locations on the Preserve to ensure the long-term viability of existing native plant populations. We collected, dried, and cleaned the seed, returning the seed to the Selberg Institute for the current monarch butterfly restoration work, and future restoration needs. It is important for local, genetically appropriate, site-specific native plant seed to be used for habitat restoration to ensure genetic diversity and local adaptation. We commend the Selberg Institute for their commitment to using local native plant seeds for their projects.

Over 7,000 native plants were planted for monarch butterfly habitat at the Sampson Creek Preserve, with a good portion of the seed used for the nursery-grown plants collected on-site at the preserve by Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds. The majority of the plants were milkweed for monarch caterpillars, but there was also a large, diverse selection of native nectar plants for adult monarchs planted as well. This work will benefit monarchs, but it will also benefit many other species of pollinator and wildlife at the preserve.

Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum), Tolmie’s cat’s ear (Calochortus tolmiei), Harvest brodiaea (Brodiaea elegans) seed collected at the Sampson Creek Preserve by Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds.

If you are interested in contracting Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds seed collection services for a project, please contact us early, as our summer seed collection season fills up fast!

Wildflowers on the Siskiyou Crest following the 2012 Fort Goff Fire
An abundance of wildflower species growing along the Boundary Trail
in the Red Buttes following the 2012 Goff Fire, part of the Fort Complex Fire.

After wildfire come wildflowers: A boon for pollinators

BY SUZIE SAVOIE

Published: Winter 2017 Applegater Newspaper

People who hiked the Boundary Trail through the Red Buttes at the headwaters of the Applegate River after the 1987 wildfires reported massive floral displays on the Siskiyou Crest within the burned area. After the 2012 Fort Complex Fire, which also burned in the Red Buttes, I saw for myself the same thing: more wildflowers than anyone had seen in decades—and happy pollinators, too.

The diversity and color of wildflowers responding to the Fort Complex Fire was truly staggering. Before the fire, much of the area was covered in dense stands of montane chaparral. The Fort Complex Fire burned in a natural mosaic of high-severity fire in the montane chaparral, burning off large patches and encouraging a lush growth of wildflowers where the chaparral had once been. The wildflowers benefited from the wildfire.

After the Fort Complex Fire, wildflowers were blooming at the base of burned-off woody shrubs, responding to the lack of shrubby competition. Typically, before the fire, bluehead gilia (Gilia capitata) was seen only in the occasional rocky bald, but after the fire it carpeted the Boundary Trail in a spectacular display. Indian paintbrush (Castilleja spp.) and Oregon sunshine (Eriophyllum lanatum) bloomed in abundance—some areas were so thick with blooming Oregon sunshine that you could see the golden-yellow hue from miles away. Parish’s nightshade (Solanum parishii) also appeared more abundantly. This species is strongly fire-adapted and often associated with chaparral habitat. Considered relatively rare in Oregon, this species is more abundant in California. Chinese houses (Collinsia spp.) were found in dense masses on thin, rocky soils throughout the fire-affected area; however, it was phacelia (Phacelia spp.) that stole the show. Where stands of montane chaparral were consumed by high-severity fire, the area was transformed into flower fields dominated by phacelia.

Over the next couple of years, we are likely to see the same amazing wildflower response within the fire-affected areas of this year’s Miller Complex Fire, which burned throughout the headwaters of the Applegate River as well as in the Red Buttes Wilderness. The majority of the Miller Complex Fire in the Applegate watershed burned at low to moderate severity, but some places, such as Azalea Lake in the Red Buttes Wilderness, did sustain some high-severity fire effects in the fire-adapted lodgepole pine forest. The trail into Azalea Lake will surely be a carpet of wildflowers within a couple of years, and it will be a boon for our native pollinators, creating colorful pollinator habitat out of the ashes.

Wildfires are a natural and necessary part of the ecosystem in the Siskiyou Mountains. Because the flora is fire-adapted—having evolved with natural lightning-caused wildfire and indigenous burning over millennia—many species of wildflowers respond positively to wildfires and often produce larger plants and more abundant flowers.

Wildfires can rejuvenate the landscape. Many plant species need the heat of fire to reproduce or their populations will dwindle. For example, knobcone pinecones can remain closed for 80 to 100 years without fire, and rare Baker’s cypress seeds are also released from their cones from the heat of wildfire. Intense heat can break down seed coats and clear away competing vegetation, allowing wildflower seeds to germinate and the plants to thrive and grow. Recent studies have shown that chemicals from charred wood in the soil following wildfire also stimulate seed germination and plant growth. The seeds of many wildflower species can lie dormant in the soil for decades and then germinate by the millions following wildfire. The plants may have been there long ago, but the area has since turned into chaparral or forest; after a fire the seeds finally have the right opportunity to germinate.

Wildfires enhance the world-class biodiversity in the Siskiyou Mountains. The massive floral displays following wildfires are not only beautiful but are also bountiful feasts for hungry pollinators reliant on nectar and pollen from wildflowers for food. Wildfires can increase the available food for native bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.

I look forward to continuing my exploration of the fire-affected areas in the Miller Complex Fire over the next couple of years. The flowers are going to be bee-eautiful!

Suzie Savoie, Conservation Chair, Siskiyou Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon

 

An abundance of wildflower species growing along the Boundary Trail
in the Red Buttes following the 2012 Goff Fire, part of the Fort Complex Fire.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has been implementing pollinator habitat restoration projects on public land along the Applegate River. Over the last two years many sites along the Applegate River have been planted with native flowering plants beneficial to native pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, beetles, and pollinating flies and wasps. Monarch butterfly conservation has been a particular focus of the project, and many of the native plants will provide crucial nectar resources for monarch butterflies as they migrate along the Applegate River.

Many of these pollinator plants have been grown at the Forest Service’s Dorena Nursery, from seeds collected by Klamath-Siskiyou Native Seeds (KSNS). The seeds were collected from native pentemons, buckwheats, milkweed, western verbena, bluehead gilia, bush penstemons, and bicolor annual lupines that grow in the vicinity of the project areas, making the seed ideally suited for site-specific habitat restoration. Some of the seed was used for growing containerized plants at the nursery for out-planting, and some of the seed has been direct seeded at the project sites.

At KSNS, we are happy to be part of this important work. We have also volunteered to help plant some of the plants alongside Forest Service staff, Southern Oregon Monarch Advocates, Applegate Neighborhood Network, and local Applegate community members. We look forward to seeing these areas with abundant flowers and pollinators in the near future, and we hope our public land managers continue implementing projects that benefit native plant and pollinator conservation.

 

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