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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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Columbian Monkshood (Aconitum columbianum) is a forb that is native to Western United States and Canada. It can grow in fine, medium, or coarse soil but requires a moist environment and can be found in wetland, wet meadow, and riparian areas. It spreads by seed only, and is tolerant of some shade.


Life Cycle: Perennial

Bloom Color: Blue

Bloom Time: Early Summer


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Lodgepole Pine (pinus contorta var. latifolia) is also sometimes known as Jack, Western Scrub, or Beach Pine. It can be found in North-Western states including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota and up through Canada and Alaska. It is an early successional plant in all habitat types except for very dry places. It grows thin and narrow with a short crown, and its bark is thick, black, and rectangular. Fun fact, Lodgepole Pine is the most common pine found in Eastern Latah County!


Height: 100 to 150"

Needles: 1-3", bundles of 2, twisted

Cones: 1-3", sharp-spined tip, tan to pale red-brown


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