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Growing Native Colorado Plants

Purple poppy-mallow flower

Purple poppy-mallow, Callirhoe involucrata

There are many Colorado native plants suitable for home gardens and landscapes. Native plants are naturally adapted to the climate and the soils here, so they require less water and fertilizer. Once native plants are established they are fairly low-maintenance and many have beautiful flowers. Native plants can support native wildlife, including a variety of birds, butterflies and other pollinators. 

Colorado has a great diversity of ecosystems and elevations, so not every native plant will do well in Broomfield. Choose plants that are adapted to the Front Range. Keep the aspect (north, south, east, or west facing) of your planting site in mind during selection as this will affect how much sun or shade is cast on your plants.

Close-up of Twinberry plant

Twinberry, Lonicera involucrata

 

Many nurseries now carry a wide variety of native plants and can often help you locate a specific species if they do not have it. Do not collect native plants from the wild because this can negatively impact the biodiversity of the area. Moving wild plants to the garden is rarely successful because roots are damaged in the process.

 

Native Ponderosa Pine

Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa

Transplant container-grown shrubs or trees into unamended soil any time in the growing season. Native herbaceous perennials are best transplanted in the spring or early fall. Native transplants need additional water until they are established, which can take a few months to a few years, in the case of trees. Once the native plants are established watering can be done infrequently.

 

Learn more about native plants and Colorado State University’s Native Plant Master Program!

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