The Native Plants Are Here!

The UP CFLRP project seeks to restore ecosystem structure, composition and function.  An important component of this restoration goal is the reestablishment of native grasses and forbs, fostering robust understory communities.  To this end, the project will benefit from the work of the  Uncompahgre Plateau Native Plant Program (UPNPP), a collaborative partnership committed to the development of an adequate supply of seed of a variety of species native to the Colorado Plateau for seeding activities on public and private land. The UPNPP conducts studies to investigate basic plant characteristics and effective methodologies to produce profitable crops of native seed by defining appropriate seeding, harvesting, collection and cleaning techniques. The UPNPP then provides source-identified seed and data on cultivation practices to commercial growers.

2011 Commercial Production

Native plant species collected on the Uncompahgre Plateau in commercial fields

Oregon daisy

Bluestem penstemon

Bluestem penstemon

Species Available and/or Currently in Commercial Production

Common name Scientific name
Basin wildrye Leymus cinereus
Bottlebrush squirreltail Elymus elymoides
Mountain brome Bromus marginatus
Prairie junegrass Koeleria macrantha
Indian ricegrass Achnatherum hymenoides
Muttongrass Poa fendleriana
Sandberg Bluegrass Poa secunda
Sand Dropseed Sporobolus cryptandrus
Oregon daisy Erigeron speciosus
Bluestem penstemon Penstemon cyanocaulis
Dusty penstemon Penstemon comarrhenus
Sulfur buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum
Ragwort (Senecio) Packera multilobatus
Utah sweetvetch Hedysarum boreale germiale
Western yarrow Achillea millefolium lanulosa

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