I developed this web page as a place to put some of my favorite Pacific Northwest native plant resources. This is not meant to be a complete list, of course!
Some tips for choosing plants are in almost every one of these documents, but the most important general rule is that moisture is more important to a plant than light; however, too much light dries a plant out, so they are related.
Native plant nurseries:
Developing Your Own Native Plant List for Vegetated Stormwater Facilities
I created a tutorial on how to identify suitable native plant lists in your county using USDA PLANTS database. In step 14, you can find a handy graphic that will tell you what wetland indicator status to look fo when choosing plants for the bottoms, side slopes, and tops of rain gardens.
"Oregon Rain Garden Guide"
There are example planting plans with short plant lists for sunny or shady rain gardens throughout the state.
"Guide for Using Willamette Valley Native Plants Along Your Stream"
This document from Linn County is great for people planting native plants along streams, but is great for folks with mucky back yards, too, even if you're up on top of the watershed. It includes guidance on which plants are good for bank stabilization & therefore also for erosion control.
Metro native plants booklet
This is one of our favorites. Easy to use!
Metro natural gardening guide booklet
Portland Plant List
"Native Plant Finder"
Clean Water Services guidance, organized so that you can choose multiple boxes and narrow your plant choices down across various categories that include size (tree, shrub, ground cover, fern, grass), flowering, seasonal (deciduous or evergreen), soil moisture (dry, moist, wet), and light (full sun, partial sun, & shade).
"Willamette Valley Native Plants"
This document is from the City of Portland and has lots of pretty pictures, as well as a handy "right plant/right place" chart.
"Native Plant Database"
East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District's online giude to plants, organized by groundcovers, shrubs, large shrubs/small trees, and large trees.
"Plants for Pollinators in Oregon"
"The purpose of this technical note is to provide information about establishing, maintaining and enhancing habitat and food resources for native pollinators, particularly for native bees, in Riparian buffers, Windbreaks, Hedgerows, Alley cropping, Field borders,Filter strips, Waterways, Range plantings and other NRCS practices." Includes links to handy Excel files with plant lists according to what pollinators use the plant and organized in blooming time order.
RVCOG Plant List
This is a list of native plants with their wetland status indicator. Match what you find in the "Status" column to the rain garden graphic in step 14 of tutorial on navigating the USDA PLANTS database to figure out whether the plant is suitable for the "moist, moderate, or dry" areas of your facility. If you have vertical side slopes created by walls (ie a stormwater planter), then you'll still have "moist and moderate" zones in the bottom of the facility. Moist areas will be by the inlet and moderate zones will be closer to the outlet.
Native Plants for Southwestern Oregon.
This is a slide show by Linda McMahan of OSU Extension and has pictures of some plants with descriptions of spread and height, range, zones, drought tolerance, and light requriements.
Plant Oregon website
This a commercial nursery, but has a nice database of information on the plants they sell. Rhianna Simes, who helped me with the plant part of my maintenace class in the Rogue Valley works here.