This region occurs at about 3250’ to 5850’ elevation. Moderate to steep slopes of sandy, gravelly soil with scattered groupings of medium sized boulders. Clumps and extensive displays of short drought tolerant plants such as paintbrushes, lupines, sedums, penstemon and wooly pussytoes. Their survival is sometimes enhanced by catching the runoff of rain from the rocks above them. Shrubs such as Vaccinium deliciosum and Rhododendron albiflorum will appear in subalpine areas along with scattered clusters of trees such as Sitka alder and subalpine fir.
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IN THE WILD – This region occurs at about 3250’ to 5850’ elevation. Short, drought tolerant flowers such as paintbrush, lupine, sedum, penstemon and woolly pussytoes are found on slopes of sandy, gravelly soil. Those needing more moisture, such as turtlehead, grow near seeps or runoff from scattered groupings of medium sized boulders. Medium sized shrubs such as shrubby cinquefoil and white rhododendron appear along with occasional clusters of trees such as Sitka alder and subalpine fir.
IN YOUR GARDEN– Take advantage of a well draining hillside, choose and place boulders of a size that suits the scale of the area in partially buried groupings. Plant clusters of short drought tolerant groundcovers, grasses and flowers around them.
Learn more about the plant species in the list below by reading about them or observing them in person at Kul Kah Han Gardens and then try them in your own garden.
Subalpine Native Plants
(Click on plant names to view photos and descriptions)
Antennaria microphylla – Rosy Pussytoes
Eriophyllum lanatum – Woolly Sunflower
Eriogonum umbellatum – Sulphur Buckwheat
Heuchera cylindrica – Roundleaf Alumroot
Heuchera glabra – Smooth Alumroot
Lewisia columbiana – Columbia Lewisia
Lomatium nudicaule – Bare Stem Desert Parsely
Penstemon barrettiae – Barrett’s Penstemon
Penstemon davidsonii – Davidson’s Penstemon
Penstemon rupicola – Rock Penstemon
Potentilla flabellifolia – Fan Leaved Cinquefoil
Juniperus communis – Common Juniper
Sedum divergens – Spreading Stonecrop
Sedum lanceolatum-Lance-Leaved Stonecrop
Sedum oregonense-Cream Stonecrop
Sedum oregonum spp. tenue- Oregon Stonecrop
Sedum spathulifolium – Broadleaf Stonecrop
Festuca ovina glauca – Blue Fescue
Sub-Alpine Garden Artwork by AA Miles