Arches and Canyonlands National Park Timelapse

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.” ~ Aldo Leopold

Spotted Knapweed, Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos

Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos) Photographed near Sunbeam, Idaho

Spotted Knapweed is a biennial that produces up to 25,000 seeds that may remain in the soil for up to 8 years. Spotted Knapweed produces a natural herbicide called “catechin” that eradicates plants around it. Early detection and rapid response are key elements in eradicating Spotted Knapweed. This noxious weed can be found in rangelands, dry meadows, pastures, upland rocky areas, roadsides and sandy or gravelly flooded plains of streams and rivers.

Plant information shared from the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign site.

Farwest Trade Show 2014

Native Plant Nursery

Join us for the largest green industry show in the west!

The Farwest Trade Show in Portland, Oregon. August 21-23 at the Oregon Convention Center, booth #3063. We hope to see you there!


Nesting Sage Grouse

“This 24 minute video shows the life of a greater Sage-grouse during nesting season. Also a glimpse at the life on a Sharp-Tailed grouse. The sharp-tail are tenacious little buggers.”

Native Sod For Your Landscape

Native Turf SodNative Turf SodNative Turf Sod installed in Idaho

CSR’s native sod is comprised of four native grasses: Idaho fescue (Festuca idahoensis), Prairie Junegrass (Koeleria macrantha), Blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis), and Buffalograss (Bouteloua dactyloides).

Minimal irrigation is required after establishment to maintain a green stand from spring through fall. The native sod can be planted in areas with full sun or light shade. Grass leaves will reach up to 8 inches in height without mowing.

Give us a call, we’d love to help you add this water-saving feature into your landscape! (208) 423-4835

Who is Watching Who? by Steven Paulsen

Monitoring Restoration Success

CSR’s Steven Paulsen writes for the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens blog once a month. Recently he shared his thoughts on restoration success on public lands and within the oil and gas industry…

“In hopes of starting a conversation that goes viral on the internet, I pose the following questions:

  • Who holds the government accountable to a restoration standard for success on public lands?
  • Who holds the government accountable to hold up the laws in place for surface use; past, present, and future?
  • And finally, who pays the bill when a project fails under government watch?

I ask these questions trying to get people’s attention, wanting nothing more than our community to look at and appraise the cost-benefit we receive as the taxpaying public of the management and oversight of public lands by our government. I ask these questions from a unique perspective. I have been responsible for thousands of acres of restoration on public lands using exclusively Native vegetation.”

Please visit the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens blog to continue reading (click here). And while you’re there, be sure to sign up for the Wren Song Newsletter!

June Wildflowers in Colorado

Trollius laxusTrollius laxus (American Globeflower)

Caltha leptosepalaCaltha leptosepala (White Marsh Marigold)

While hiking in Colorado this past weekend, CSR’s Assistant Production Manager, Allison Dubenezic, didn’t find many wildflowers in bloom. However, she did find Caltha leptosepala (White Marsh Marigold) and Trollius laxus (American Globeflower) growing in the same boggy area.

Both of these plants are in the Ranunculaceae family (Buttercup family). They look similar at first glance, but Caltha has leaves that are entire and basal while Trollius has leaves that are palmately lobed.


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