Montana Goldenpea (Thermopsis montana) is also known as Mountain Goldenbanner, Montana Bushpea, Yellow Pea, Buffalo Pea, Buckbean, or False Lupine. It is native to Western North America, and grows in wet and dry conditions, as well as in sandy or rocky soil. It spreads via rhizomes and by seed. The slender stems are purplish with a white coating, slightly branched above, and bear three-parted leaves. Yellow, lupine-like flowers occur in dense to interrupted clusters 4-12 in. long. Flowers are followed by velvety pods that turn black in the Fall when the seed is ripe. Fun fact, the flowers are especially attractive to bumblebees.

Life Cycle: Perennial

Solar Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Color: Yellow

Bloom Time: May through August

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Pacific Ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus), also known Physocarpus opulifolius (L.) Maxim. var. tomentellus (Ser.) Boivin and Spiraea capitatus Kursh. It grows in riparian and coastal areas. It is not very common in Idaho and only grows in the Clearwater and Snake River drainages. It provides good cover and nesting for birds and small mammals but is not very palatable for browsing. The reddish, papery bark peels off in long layers. Leaves are alternate along the stem, 3-10 cm long, 3-5 lobes and doubly toothed at the margin. They are shiny dark green above and lighter beneath with fine, star-shaped hairs and deeply veined. Fun fact, capitatus stands for headlike flower clusters.

Height: 6' to 12'

Solar Exposure: Prefers part-shade, tolerates full-sun

Bloom Color: Creamy-white with pink stamens

Bloom Time: April through July

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Drummond Willow (salix drummondiana), is also sometimes known as Beautiful, Handsome, or Blue Willow. It can be found along the edges of water and prefers moist, heavy soil. It is found East of the Cascades in Washington, Montana, and in the Wallowa and Steens Mountains in Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, California, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. It also grows in the Yukon Territory, Alberta, and British Columbia. It grows in open form with widely spreading branches. Fun fact, Drummond Willow is preferred by moose in the winter.

Height: 6' to 20'

Bud: Catkins appear before or with new leaves

Bark: Yellowish-green to reddish, with white to blue waxy/powdery coating

Leaves: 3"; narrowly lancate to oblanceolate; edges curled under slightly; wooly underside

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