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Ribes uva-crispa 'Black Velvet'

Black Velvet is a very disease resistant, vigorous and productive plant with sweet, dark purple berries. more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Pixwell'

Pixwell is almost thornless. Berries can be harvested when green for pie and jam or harvested when soft and pink for fresh eating. Very productive and fruit is easy to harvest clusters. Mildew... more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Sabine'

Sabine is a variety we originally obtained from the USDA Germplasm Repository in Corvallis Oregon.  This vigorous and disease resistant plant has a medium sized red berry. more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Hinnomaki Red'

Hinnomaki Red comes from Finland.  The plant bears dark red, sweet and large berries. more->

Angelica sinensis

Dong quai is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb that is well known for its ability to help strengthen the heart, lung, and liver meridians.  The flavor and aroma is bitter, sweet, and warming... more->

Angelica pubescens

Also known as du huo in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and shishiudo in Japanese medicine, this angelica species is native to just the eastern part of Asia in those two countries... more->

Angelica dahurica

Also known as Bai Zhi in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this angelica species is native to northeastern Asia in Russia, China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.  This is the first year we've grown... more->

Aloe sinkatana

Native to Sinkat, Sudan, this aloe is similar to Aloe vera in its form and medicinal properties.  The Hadendowa people use it to treat stomach and skin issues.

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Blitum (Chenopodium) bonus-henricus

Good King Henry is a perennial vegetable closely related to spinach that produces delicious green shoots in early spring and succulent leaves in late spring and summer.  In a partly shady location... more->

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich fern makes the best edible spring fiddleheads of any fern around.  I like to brush off the papery scales, add salt, and steam them lightly to bring out the asparagus-like flavor.  Though... more->

Camellia sinensis 'Sochi'

This variety of hardy tea comes from the Sochi region of Russia near the Black Sea. more->

Camellia sinensis 'Korean'

This hardy variety of tea comes from the mountains of the Boseong region in South Korea. more->

Umbellularia californica

Native to northern California and Oregon, this hardwood shrub in the laurel family grows in sunny or shady hillside forests.  I've seen it in moist coastal forests as well as in sun drenched... more->

Aronia melanocarpa

Our friend Allen reports that this particular Aronia produces plentiful berries.  These shrubs readily send up new shoots from near the base of the tallest stems. more->

Juncus effusus

Soft rush is a great native wetland plant to have around a pond or swale.  Its round, straight stems form a graceful fountain shape, while its rhizomes decrease soil erosion.  The roots and stems... more->

Origanum vulgare ssp. gracile

This dark purple-green oregano is native to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and stands out as a very unique variety of culinary oregano.  Compared to Greek or Italian oregano, the flavor is more mild... more->

Allium tuberosum

It sure is hard to beat the savory flavor of garlic chives!  While most garden chives bear pink flowers in summer, garlic chives produce a more open cluster of white blooms.  The bulbs and leaves... more->

Diplotaxis tenuifolia

We depend on the spicy and bright salad greens from this perennial arugula in early spring when most other salad greens are still struggling with cold and wet weather.  Plus, when the majority of... more->

Plantago major

If I were stranded with only one plant to choose for my garden, broad-leaved plantain would be my top choice.  The whole plant is completely edible, raw and cooked.  I've used it to help heal... more->

Ribes hirtellum 'Captivator'

'Captivator' is virtually thornless and very hardy.  Shrubs are productive and bear medium to large sweet red fruits which ripen midsummer.

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Symphytum x uplandicum

This perennial has slimy roots and leaves that are used externally for bruises, sprains, and dry, irritated skin. Russian comfrey has deep roots to draw nutrients to the surface, and makes great... more->

Lilium pardalinum

Leopard lily is a stunning wildflower native to parts of Oregon and California.  It is an herbaceous perennial growing up to 6 feet tall with multiple stalks of multiple bright red and orange... more->

Myrica californica

Pacific waxmyrtle is an evergeen shrub/small tree native to the west coast of North America. It can grow 5-30 feet tall and has sticky leaves and a waxy wrinkled purple berry.  It is a great... more->

Calycanthus floridus

Also known as Carolina allspice, this fragrant deciduous shrub, native to the Southeastern U.S., grows 3 to 8 feet tall and up to ten feet wide.  Essentail oil is distilled from the flowers, and... more->

Oxalis oregana 'Klamath Red'

A beautiful shade-tolerant ground cover, the native Oregon wood sorrel spreads happily on the forest floor, or a shady garden floor.  It likes lots of organic matter and shade.  If it does not... more->

Allium tricoccum

Ramps are a wild onion native to the eastern US and Canada.  They grow in the thick duff of the dappled shade in the understory of somehat open forest canopies.  Ramps appreciate the moist summers... more->

Rumex acetosa

We rely on garden sorrel greens in January and February.  Before any other outdoor crop is ready to harvest, garden sorrel is up and abundant!  You'll be glad you put some sorrel in the ground... more->

Cynoglossum grande

With beautiful blue flowers clustered atop two foot tall stalks, hound's tongue is named for the shape and texture of the leaves that form a rosette at the base of the plant.  It's native to the... more->

Aquilegia formosa

A beautiful wildflower, our native columbine blooms yellow and red. In garden soil and part shade, columbine may grow up to 3 feet tall and wide. Delicate flowers bloom in late spring. Great... more->

Satureja douglasii

A native perennial in the mint family, yerba buena likes dappled shade and handles a wide variety of soil from deep rich organic matter to nutrient poor clay. Once established, it can handle... more->

Dioscorea batatas

A perennial vine with elegant glossy leaves, Chinese mountain yam can grow up to 15 feet tall each season.  It blooms in late summer and produces underground potato-flavored edible tubers which... more->

Aralia californica

Although some know it as California ginseng, elk clover, or spikenard, I think Oregon ginseng is quite fitting for a plant that inhabits shady, moist seasonal creeks in deep coniferous forests as... more->

Sidalcea virgata

We love this late spring blooming native wildflower that we often find on the edges of meadows. In the hollyhock family, this perennial grows only about a foot to two feet tall at most. It sends... more->

Ribes laxiflorum

This currant is native to the Northwest, growing along streams in partial shade. The delicate pink flowers bloom in spring and the delicious purple fruit ripens in early summer.  It does not have... more->

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

A broad leaf evergreen ground cover, kinnikinnick is very hardy. It thrives in partial shade and will spread along the ground or grow along a slope, providing some erosion control. Drought... more->

Tolmiea menziesii

Pig-a-back plant is a trailing perennial ground cover native west of the Cascades that prefers moist forests and shady stream sides where soil is moist throughout the year. It blooms in late... more->

Gaultheria shallon

Salal is an evergreen shrub in the heath family with glossy leaves, white urn-shaped flowers, and edible purple berries. Salal prefers moist shade, but it often bears the most fruit in sunny... more->

Ribes odoratum 'Crandell'

This currant has smooth, lobed leaves and berries that have spicy and gingery tones that ride on top of the sweet and sour currant flavor.  It's yellow flowers brighten the garden in late spring... more->

Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'

Viking has been selected for delicious flavor raw and cooked. Some seedlings can be extremely astringent but this one will just give you a little pucker. more->

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis

Stinging nettle is an herbaceous plant that grows in wet soil, often along river beds and stream sides. It spreads below ground by rhizomes but will not spread where it gets dry. Nettles are an... more->

Ligusticum apiifolium

Native oak woodlands and meadows throughout the Pacific Northwest, licorice root, also known as celery-leaved lovage, is an herbaceous perennial in the carrot family. The leaves are edible and can... more->

Ribes sanguineum var sanguineum

This is one of the earliest blooming and showiest shrubs in the Pacific Northwest!  Red flowering currant is a very popular plant for a variety of reasons. The large clusters of pink-red flowers... more->

Artemisia vulgaris

This is the official mugwort native to temperate Europe, Asia, and north Africa often referenced in witches spells and potions.  It is a very strong cooling bitter that I like to use in apple... more->

Vaccinium ovatum

Evergreen Huckleberry is a great northwest native evergreen shrub. It has delicate white and pink flowers, evergreen leaves and glossy, black berries. In the WiIlamette Valley, shrubs grow to 4... more->

Linnaea borealis

Twinflower is a sweet native wildflower less than a foot tall with elegant bell-shaped white and pink flower clusters. It tolerates full shade and grows as a ground cover in woodlands. more->

Ribes uva-crispa 'Invicta'

'Invicta' produces high yields of large dessert quality green fruit, and is considered by many to be the best variety in North America. It has excellent flavor, is mildew resistant, and is more... more->

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