Do you KNOW your natives?

Think you know your native Washington plants? Prove it to us and you could win a free one at our plant sale!

If Native Plant Appreciation Week, or NPAW (pronounced “enpaw” by native plant enthusiasts) wasn’t already on your radar, it should be! Native plants are hugely important players in our local ecosystems, and planting and helping them grow should be a central component to any environmental restoration work. Native plants provide habitat for native animals and forage for native pollinators, contribute to biodiversity, and help keep invasive species at bay.

At Oxbow, we LOVE native species. So much that we have an entire state-of-the-art nursery devoted to producing them and studying how they grow. Propagating, planting, and raising awareness about the importance of native species is an important part of our brand of environmental conservation.

Do you love native species too? We’d love to see what you know! Enter our “Know Your Natives” contest and you could win a FREE native plant at our plant sale Mother’s Day weekend.

The Contest

Can you identify the five species below based on a picture and a clue? Send in your answers to by Wednesday, May 3 with the subject “Know Your Natives.” If you’re right, we’ll take your name and reserve a plant for you at our plant sale May 9th and 10th.

The Rules

We ask kindly that you not consult the internet or any field guides in your efforts to identify. We’d like to test what you KNOW, not what you can find. You CAN consult with another human being.

The Plants


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The mousetail in the cones of this tree is an easy way to identify it.







The seeds of this delicate forest understory plant are sometimes distributed by ants, who are attracted to a small but nutritious bit of fat attached to them







The young leaves of this plant are soft, tender and edible, though you would never want to eat the older leaves







The fruits of this plant are extremely high in vitamin C, good for a cold-season tea







The berries of this plant were used for fish bait, it is often seen growing on decaying wood





Good luck!


Love native plants? Check out our Native and Edible Plant Sale Mother’s Day Weekend