Yampah (Perideridia gairdneri), also known as Gardener's Yampah or Common Yampah, is a native perennial that spreads by seed. It has a tall, slender stem and basal leaves up to 10" long with many narrow, sub-divided lobes. It can grow on moist or dry sites. Yampah is in the same family as many poisonous plants, such as Water Hemlock. Fun fact, it has a carrot-like smell and Native Americans used the tuberous roots for food. Yampa is a Comanche word.

Life Cycle: Perennial

Solar Exposure: Shade to Full Sun

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Time: July through August

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Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), is also sometimes known as Yellow, Bull, Western Red, Pitch, or Western Longleaf. It is a coniferous tree that grows in many places in the Western United States and Canada. Its environment is variable, but it is typical found in drier soils and conditions. Its bark is yellow to reddish-brown with deep, irregular furrows and scaly plates that look like puzzle pieces. Fun fact, the bark smells like vanilla!

Height: 100-140 feet

Needles: Clusters of 3 needles, 5-10" long

Cones: 3-6", reddish-brown

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Swordleaf Rush (Juncus ensifolius), sometimes known as Dagger-leaf Rush, is a perennial grass-like that grows along roadsides, streams, lakes, ditches, margins of springs and ponds, wet to seasonally-dry meadows, marshes, seeps, sandbars, foothills, planes, valleys, and mountain to sub-alpine sites. It is very distinctive from other grass-likes because of its unique, iris-like leaf structure.

Height: 8" to 24"

Solar Exposure: Part to full-sun

Bloom Color: Tan, black, or purplish

Bloom Time: Mid-summer

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