Oregon Natives

Plant Name: Philadelphus lewisii20170607_152255
Common Name:  Lewis’ mock-orange
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Height: 6- 10 feet
Spread:   3-4 feet
Bloom Time:  Late Spring & Early Summer
Flower Color: White
Exposure:  Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Requirements: Will grow in poor soils
Water Needs: Medium, but Drought tolerate
Attributes:   Highly Fragrant Flowers!
Scent similar to orange blossoms
Rarity: Wide spread native, but not common.
Uses: Native plantings, Xeriscaping, Fragrant Garden
Native to: Western N. America – British Colombia , Washington, Oregon, California, East to Montana
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-10

Photo by: Carlotta Lucas
Date: June 7, 2017
Location: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Horticulture Report: Native Iris

Siskiyou Iris

Rarity: Uncommon


Siskiyou Iris

Flowering Time: Late Spring
Flower Color: Large, pale-cream to deep golden-yellow flowers, with prominent reddish-brown or purple lines. .
Life Cycle: Perennial
Height: 12 inches
Found In: Klamath – Siskiyou Mountains of SW Oregon & NW California
Native: Yes
Habitat: Found among pine needles in shaded areas in dry pine forest, or in meadows in the shade of large shrubs, or bracken ferns.

Photo by: Carlotta Lucas
Taken: June 7, 2017
Location: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Horticulture Report:White baneberry

Plant Name: Actaea pachypodadoll-s-eyes-white-baneberry-actaea-pachypoda
Common Name:  White baneberry (Doll’s Eyes)
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Height: 1- 2 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Flower Color: White
Exposure: Part to Full Shade
Soil Requirements: Rich, Loamy, Good drainage
Water Needs: Regular watering
Attributes: Fragrant Showy Flowers,  Shiny White Berries, Low Maintenancedolls-eye_white-baneberry
Note: Berries are poisonous to humans!
Uses: Woodland plant, Naturalizing, Native Wildflower
Native to: Eastern North America
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Table Rock Hikes: 2016

Table Rock.jpgThe Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Medford District Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are sponsoring free guided hikes at the Table Rocks.

Hikes are FREE but reservations are required. Space is limited. Register online (link follows the info for each hike) or call the Medford District BLM at 541.618.2200, M-F 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Hikes are 3-5 miles roundtrip along a moderate grade trail and generally last 3-5 hours. Dress for the weather and bring drinking water (none is available at the site) and lunch or a snack. Restrooms are available at the trailhead. No dogs, mountain bikes or OHVs are allowed on the trail.

  • Early Wildflowers – Saturday, April 9, 9:00 am – Upper Table Rock:  Marcia Wineteer, botanist at the BLM will lead a hike to explore and enjoy the valley’s beautiful native flora and wildflowers of Table Rocks. Limited to 15 individuals.     http://earlywildflowers.eventbrite.com
  • Wildflowers Abound – Sunday, April 10, 9:00 am – Lower Table Rock:  Barbara Mumblo, botanist emeritus with the U.S. Forest Service, Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District and member of the Native Plant Society of Oregon, will lead a hike to discover the dazzling array of wildflowers found on the Table Rocks.     http://wildflowersabound.eventbrite.com
  • Spring in Bloom – Sunday, April 17, 9:00 am – Upper Table Rock:   Join Chamise Kramer, avid botanist and Public Affairs Specialist with the Rogue River National Forest, and Molly Allen, BLM Environmental Educator, to explore the valley’s beautiful native flora, wildflowers, and natural history of the Table Rocks.     http://springinbloom.eventbrite.com
  • Nature on the Rocks – Celebrating 30 Years of Environmental Education – Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Lower Table Rock:  Join us for a fun filled day of activities, hikes, and interactive displays suitable for the entire family. Help us celebrate 30 years of successful community engagement and education on the Table Rocks.  Public event, open to all. Please consider carpooling as parking is limited. A shuttle will be offered from Sam’s Valley Elementary parking area to the Lower Table Rock trail throughout the day.  NO REGISTRATION NEEDED.
  • Beautiful Butterflies & Incredible Insects – Saturday, May 14, 10:00 am – Lower Table Rock:  Dr. Peter Schroeder, Entomologist and Affiliate Professor of Biology at Southern Oregon University, will lead a hike to observe and discuss the beautiful butterflies and other incredible insects that live on or flutter by the Table Rocks. On this hike, Peter will help you gain a deeper appreciation for how butterflies and other insects live and their essential role in the environment.     http://beautifulbutterflies.eventbrite.com
  • Powerful Pollinators – Sunday, May 15, 10:00 am – Upper Table Rock:  Find out what all the buzz is about by joining Sarah Red-Laird, a.k.a. Bee Girl, who will explain why pollination is essential for our survival. On this family-friendly hike learn about the birds and the bees and their relationship with the wildflowers and trees that produce a rainbow of colors on the Table Rocks. Limited to 15 individuals.     http://powerfulpollinators.eventbrite.com

Thank you for helping us get the word out about these fun, family friendly hikes at the Table Rocks!

CONTACT: Kathleen Kudo – sworegon@tnc.org

View the full hike schedules: TableRockHikes2016.eventbrite.com