Eagle Creek Salmon Cam, Columbia River, Pacific Northwest Region

Get your Salmon fix with this live feed from the Eagle Creek Salmon cam!

Native Plant Focus: Colorado Four O’clock, Mirabilis multiflora

Mirabilis multiflora, desert 4 o clock Mirabilis multiflora blooming at our Southern Idaho nursery.

Stumbling across a blooming Colorado Four-O’clock while hiking is a special thing. They look out of place in the desert – oddly lush, almost tropical, and certainly exotic. 

“Blooming nearly half the year, from April to mid-September, the Four-O’Clock (Mirabilis multiflora) opens a mass of fragrant blossoms in the afternoon, thus acquiring it’s common name. Drought tolerant. This rapidly growing plant is long-lived and undemanding. It is useful as a ground cover, is used for erosion control, and is attractive draping a retaining wall.

This night-blooming species is visited by many nocturnal insects, including the hawkmoths Sphinx chersis and Eumorpha achemon, as well as pollen-collecting bees visiting at dusk and dawn. Also attracts hummingbird and quail.

This plant has a long and varied history with many Native peoples, uses that differ even among clans. The Navajos make a tea from it, a light purplish-brown dye for wool, use the plant internally for rheumatism, externally as an oral aid for mouth disorders, and use the roots as a poultice to reduce swellings. The Western Keres use the dried leaves as a tobacco substitute. The Hopi use the unusually heavy root as an anchor in bird traps, an antiseptic for wounds on their horses; a blood strengthener for pregnant women; and to induce visions while making a diagnosis. The Zuni mix the powdered root into their bread dough to suppress appetite. Other Native peoples use the plant to treat indigestion, eye infections and colic in babies. The leaves steeped in oil and applied to the throat and back help reduce a dry heat fever.” 

(Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

Castle Rock Reserve in Boise, Idaho

Restoration at Castle Rock Reserve in Boise, IdahoRestoration at Castle Rock Reserve in Boise, Idaho
The CSR Restoration Team was recently in Boise, Idaho working on a project within the Castle Rock Reserve. A custom native seed mix was installed along existing paths to assist in revegetation efforts. Erosion matting and native plants were included to help distinguish proper trails, encouraging folks to stay on the path.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the CSR Team!

What Plants Talk About – Documentary


“When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives.”

Check out what this documentary shares on the invasive spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe ssp. micranthos) starting at 28:00. Land hungry? Yes.

Knapweed is the plant equivalent of the Terminator”

23,000 Ponderosa Pine and 2,000 Douglas Fir in Colorado

350 years old. Seed collected from this tree for the planting projectSeed for the project was collected from this 350 year old Ponderosa pine.

Colorado Restoration Project Colorado Restoration Project Colorado Restoration Project
For this planting project in Colorado, site specific seed was collected and then grown out in our Idaho nursery by lot number, enabling a more precise installation within the correct elevation and aspect. We are working with seven different genetic sources, keeping those genetics separate is important for a successful restoration.

Another 23,000 Doulgas fir are still in production and will be installed next year. Vexar compostable netting is included with each planting as browse protection from the large herds of elk in the area.

Salmon Safe – Save Wild Salmon

Salmon Safe is a Pacific Northwest based non-profit striving to protect the last remaining wild salmon stocks in the continental US. They have marshaled a coalition between farmers, wineries, corporations and individuals to preserve and protect the immense system of lakes and rivers the salmon call home.

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