Early Blooming Native Plants for Josephine and Jackson Counties
I'm looking for early blooming native plants for Jackson and Josephine Counties, in Oregon, USA. I have several Asclepias incarnata, and an echinacea, in my raised bed already. What else can I add? Also, what quantity of square footage is recommended for a Monarch Waystation? Thanks for your reply, Wil Scarrow
There are many early flowering natives that will do well in your area.
Western Serviceberry, also known as Saskatoon, is a delightful native shrub cultivated for its racemes of adorable, 5-petaled, star-shaped, white-pink flowers, and its fine autumn color and fruit.
Manzanita. This beautiful native, evergreen shrub is known and admired for its gnarled branches, dense-crowned picturesque form, rich purple-red smooth bark which checkers and peels every season, and its delicate-pink urn-shaped blossoms. A signature plant of our region, it deserves a specimen location.
Cornus stolonifera (C. sericea) - Red Osier Dogwood. In the wild, these beautiful, fast-growing North American natives thrive in wetlands by spreading via underground stolons and creating dense thickets. They can grow from 3 to 12 feet tall with a similar spread. Their dark-red branches provide a stunning aesthetic contrast with snowy landscapes in wintertime.
Other shrubs include: wood rose, red-flowering currant, oceanspray, wester crabapple, mock orange, Oregon grape.
Some herbaceous perennials are: bleeding heart, monkey flower, nemophile, wild ginger, violets, clarkia, Oregon gold, Oregon iris, Oregon spring, spring queens.
There is no size requirement for creating a monarch waystation. I have attached some links below that may help you in your endeavor. The native Asclepias speciosa, Showy milkweed, is one that will do well and fill in a space quickly. This eye-catching native herbaceous perennial has become a very popular plant recently for its pollinator-attracting abilities. A key component in the diet and habitat of Monarchs, Showy Milkweed is now an essential element to include in your landscape! Growing up to 4 feet tall, this delightful plant bears pink-white flowers from May to September. Showy milkweed is the primary plant on which Monarchs lay their eggs, and when they hatch, showy milkweed is the primary source of food for all five instars of the larval stage of the monarch's life cycle. Asclepias speciosa is a found in roadside ditches, fields, around fence posts, railroad tracks and other abandoned/distressed areas. Showy milkweed prefers full sun and will tolerate drought once the plant is established. It can be found in dry areas as well as mesic (medium moist) and will do fine in poor soils but needs good drainage.
Hope this helps!