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HIGH ALTITUDE PLANTS

This is a running gallery of plants that can to be cultivated at high altitudes, many of which tolerate harsh and dry conditions as well. All these plants are cultivatable in USDA Zone 4b or higher, some are even capable of colder climates.

 

Simply click on the photo of the plant of interest and click "go to link" at the bottom if you would like to learn a little bit more about them!

Goldenrod (Solidago)

Goldenrod (Solidago)

Article drops 12/14!

Sedum

Sedum

Article drops 12/7, stay tuned!

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan

Article Drops Nov 23!

Kale

Kale

Article drops Nov 9!

Leeks

Leeks

Article drops on Oct 11!

Lamb's Ear

Lamb's Ear

Article drops Oct 18!

Carrots

Carrots

Article drops Aug 30!

Blue Flax

Blue Flax

Article drops Sept. 14!

Radish (Raphanus)

Radish (Raphanus)

Article about Radishes drops Aug 3!

Russian Sage (Salvia yangii)

Russian Sage (Salvia yangii)

Article dropping June 22nd!

Iris

Iris

Article dropping July 6th!

Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Discover why this wild plant may be the most important thing you have in your garden.

Peas (Pisum sativum)

Peas (Pisum sativum)

Do not overlook this powerful little legume when starting your garden this year!

Desert Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia)

Desert Bluebells (Phacelia campanularia)

Low growing and amazingly beautiful. Drought tolerant flowering plant.

Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia)

Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia)

Gorgeous and showy blooms, loaded with nectar for all your pollinator friends!

Juniper (Juniperus)

Juniper (Juniperus)

A hardy, drought tolerant evergreen plant that can be a low bush or a tall tree, and used in many different ways!

Penstemon

Penstemon

A beautiful and prolific flowering shrub.

Phlox

Phlox

An beautiful and hardy ground covering perennial.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Utilized in almost every advanced ancient culture, Yarrow is certainly a plant we need to learn more about!

Echinacea (Coneflower)

Echinacea (Coneflower)

Signs point to this amazing plant being a powerful medicine, essential for anyone trying to live a healthy, holistic life.

Grapevines (Vitis)

Grapevines (Vitis)

This plant needs no description, it just needs you to plant it!

Alliums

Alliums

A highly important family of crops, including garlic, leeks, onions, chives, shallots, and more!

Catmint (Nepeta)

Catmint (Nepeta)

A showy, fragrant, pollinator attracting plant that your cat will love!

Prickly Pear (Opuntia)

Prickly Pear (Opuntia)

An immensely useful and beautiful, low growing, high elevation cactus.

Currants

Currants

A small and (usually) edible fruit, native to America in most cases and packed with health benefits!

Lilac

Lilac

A pollinators dream! Well suited for dry conditions, easily grown at high elevations.

Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke)

Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke)

The tubers are an awesome source of food for livestock and yourself. Prolific growers in poor conditions.

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A nitrogen fixing powerhouse, that may be growing wild on your land already!

Ice Plant (Delosperma)

Ice Plant (Delosperma)

A really vibrant and showy ground covering succulent. Attract bees and the attention of your neighbors!

Elder (Sambucus)

Elder (Sambucus)

A versatile and powerfully medicinal berry.

Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)

Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)

Also known as a Prairie Crocus, this beautiful little flower shrub can be a showstopper in its own right.

Yucca Glauca

Yucca Glauca

Also known as Soapweed, this xeriscaping plant in fact has many ancient uses, not too mention hummingbirds love them!

Columbine (Aquilegia)

Columbine (Aquilegia)

A truly amazing and showy alpine flower, highly adaptable and love by many different pollinators.

Lupine (Lupinus)

Lupine (Lupinus)

An excellent source of green manure, this legume plant will spread easily, making for an amazing show of flower clusters.

Catalpa Tree (Speciosa)

Catalpa Tree (Speciosa)

A mysterious and amazing tree, essentially a giant legume, supplying nitrogen to your soil, and just look at those blooms!

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