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City of Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month
Brought to you by the City of Beaverton Landscape and Urban Forestry Crew

Why Go Native?

Arbor Day Pat with Kids
  Arborist Pat Hoff teaches about Native Trees
Native plants and trees need less water and chemicals than non-native species, are more resistant to pests and diseases, and also attract birds, butterflies and other beneficial wildlife to your yard.  Simultaneously, they also reduce erosion and protect water quality.  Help keep our rivers clean and watershed healthy by planting a native on your property. The City’s commitment to bringing native species to Beaverton has been growing over many years.  To continue promoting native species, the City's Public Works department will highlight a native plant each month for home and business owners to consider when working outdoors.  Keep in mind; it is the home and business owners’ responsibility to maintain street trees located within the right-of-way adjacent to their properties.


Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month: Bleeding Heart

 Bleeding heart
Common Name: Bleeding Heart
Binomial Name: Dicentra Formosa
Soil Type: moist, rich, porous soil
Sunlight: Full shade to part sun
Plant Type: Flowering, deciduous
Form: multi-stemmed, fern-like
Foliage: blue-green leaves 

This perennial plant spreads by rhizomes in the soil and by seed creating a lush patch usually in tree understories. Bleeding hearts can grow to about one and a half feet tall and three feet wide in the right conditions. In early spring this plant will send out stalks which hold rows of heart shaped purple to pink flowers with white tips. March would be a great time to plant Bleeding heart to get the effect of the beautiful flowers in your yard and attract hummingbirds and bumblebees by late April.



                                           
This Native Plant of the Month has been brought to you by the City of Beaverton’s Landscape and Urban Forestry Department.  Visit Clean Water Service’s Native Plant Finder for interactive questions to help you find the right native plant to fit your needs! Past Native plants of the month: