Boise Area Native Plants

Compiled by Chris Murphy, Idaho Conservation Data Center

Many species also occur on the companion spreadsheet,

  • This is not a complete list, especially for riparian areas (see spreadsheet)
  • The most important indicator species of different forest types
    are highlighted in yellow and would be great in the garden
  • Most are commercially available
  • Species are native from South-Central to Southwest (including Boise Foothills) to West-Central Idaho
  • Refer to Key at the bottom of this page: Code to Suggested Planting Guilds

Trees/Tall Shrubs

Low/Medium Shrubs



Code to Suggested Planting Guilds:


sagebrush-steppe (see spreadsheet:
, includes Purshia tridentata and Chrysothamnus steppe communities)


warmer, drier forest (Pinus ponderosa/Agropyron spicatum, Pinus ponderosa/Festuca idahoensis, Pinus ponderosa/Symphoricarpos oreophilus or S. albus, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Symphoricarpos oreophilus, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Carex geyeri, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Berberis repens,
Pseudotsuga menziesii/Calamagrostis rubescens


cooler, moister forest (Pseudotsuga menziesii/Spiraea betulifolia, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Symphoricarpos albus, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Vaccinium globulare, Pseudotsuga menziesii/Physocarpus malvaceus, Abies grandis/Spiraea betulifolia, Abies grandis/Vaccinium
globulare, Abies grandis/Acer glabrum, Pinus contorta/Vaccinium scoparium


juniper-steppe (similar to sagebrush-steppe communities, just insert juniper savannah into sagebrush-steppe in the spreadsheet and apply similarly)


riparian (see spreadsheet for variations)