Suillus Mushroom

Suillus spSuillus sp. mushroom photographed near Pine, Idaho.

Suillus mushrooms: as opposed to having gills, these types of mushrooms produce their spores from the spongy underside of the cap. The slimy layer on top can be peeled off like a skin. While many Suillus are edible, there are many that are not. Please remember that wild mushrooms can kill you! Consult the assistance of an experienced mushroom collector before ever consuming wild fungi.

Find Mycological societies near you, listed by state, by clicking here.

Species info provided by Matt Greer, a friend and past employee of CSR, Inc. 

Native Plants for the Idaho Botanical Garden

Native plants for the Idaho Botanical GardenUtah columbine, Aquilegia scopulorumNative Plants for the Idaho Botanical Garden,

CSR, Inc. is proud to be donating approximately $15,000 worth of native plants from our inventory to the Idaho Botanical Garden!

Pine Trees at the CSR Farm

Pinus contortaRocky Mountain Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)

Lodgepole pine or beach pine is a small pine that grows quickly to 20 ft. and may reach 30 ft. at maturity. Its name refers to the use by American Indians of the slender trunks as poles for their conical tents or teepees.

Pinus edulisColorado Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)

The edible seeds, known as pinyon nuts, Indian nuts, pine nuts, and pinones (Spanish), are a wild, commercial nut crop. Eaten raw, roasted, and in candies, they were once a staple food of southwestern Indians.

Pinus ponderosaPonderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

This is the most widely distributed and common pine in North America. David Douglas, the Scottish botanical explorer, found this pine in 1826 and named it for its ponderous, or heavy, wood. Quail, nutcrackers, squirrels, and many other kinds of wildlife consume the seeds; and chipmunks store them in their caches, thus aiding dispersal.

Species info shared from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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.”


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