Plants for Oregon

Home to scenic mountains and lakes, vigorous rivers and deep evergreen forests, Oregon encompasses a vast range of environments. The heavy rains frequent throughout the state help to bolster an impressive range of plants, making it an ideal area for water-loving plant species.

Western Bleeding Heart

Western bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa) is a leafy perennial that can be found in abundance throughout the west coast of the United States, particularly in Oregon. The plant has rich, fern-like foliage and heart-shaped flowers in shades of pink or deep red. Ideally, western bleeding heart prefers humus-rich, well-drained soil. The plant can handle both shade, partial shade and full sun, producing its signature flowers in mid-spring to summer.

Oregon Iris

Oregon iris (Iris tenax), also called purple fang or wild iris, is a showy flower that can be found growing in the wild throughout northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington. The plant has hardy, tough foliage and brilliant purple and white blooms. Oregon iris requires moist, well-drained soils. Like most iris species, Oregon iris requires full sun to produce beautiful flowers. The plant will tolerate partial shade provided the plant gets at least half a day of sun.


Though not native to Oregon, daffodils are a non-invasive species that are grown frequently throughout the state. Daffodils (Narcissus) are long-lived plants that produce cheerful white or yellow flowers in the spring. Daffodils have long, sturdy stalks, making them ideal for cut flowers in the house or in bouquets. These reliable plants are low maintenance and attractive, making them a staple for many Oregon gardens. Daffodils will do best in full sun or light shade in well-drained soils. Planting should be done in mid to late fall. The bulbs of this perennial can be left in the ground to flower again for the next year.

Keywords: Oregon plants, Oregon flowers, regional gardening

About this Author

Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.