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Thimbleberry

Thimbleberry berry

Every month, Native Plant Nursery Manager Bridget McNassar shares information about one of the plants she and her team propagate in the nursery. This month’s species: Serviceberry. My FAVORITE native berry, thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus) seems to be having a bumper berry production year this year, YUM! We have actually been able to munch some of these berries when we are out collecting, whereas in most years I am usually saving every last collected berry for seed. In the Snoqualmie Valley, … read more…

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Goatsbeard

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Every month, Native Plant Nursery Manager Bridget McNassar shares information about one of the plants she and her team propagate in the nursery. This month’s species: Serviceberry.  This herbaceous member of the rose family (Aruncus dioicus) is one of my very favorites, hardy and requiring little care, providing stunning blooms in shady areas, and also loved by wildlife. As they die completely back in the winter, I find myself impatiently watching the spots where their root crowns lie in the … read more…

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Serviceberry

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Every month, Native Plant Nursery Manager Bridget McNassar shares information about one of the plants she and her team propagate in the nursery. This month’s species: Serviceberry.  A lovely, erect shrub, sometimes growing to small tree size, serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) truly lives up to its name, providing generously for humans and wildlife alike throughout much of the year. A plant with many names (you may have also heard it called juneberry, sarvisberry or Saskatoon) serviceberry is also quite wide-spread. It … read more…

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