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Developing pollinator-dependent plant materials for use in a growing restoration economy

Projects Posted on: March 08, 2019
Located on the Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest, this project uses a common garden approach to determine which plant species are best suited for supporting pollinator communities and are most appropriate for restoration activities. Findings from the study will be used to 1) improve pollinator habitat, 2) increase seed stocks of native flowering species for use in restoration, 3) inform U.S. seed zone guidelines and 4) help predict plant-pollinator response to climate change. This carries on a long tradition at the Sierra Ancha Experimental Forest of using common gardens in botanical research. As far back as the 1920s and 30s common gardens were used to study evapotranspiration rates of native herbaceous and shrub species as well as evaluate the potential use of certain species for erosion control. Some of these the same gardens are now being restored nearly a century later for use in this study.

Release brochure for Amethyst Germplasm Hoary Tansyaster (Machaeranthera canescens)

Publications Posted on: October 07, 2015
Hoary tansyaster is a short-lived perennial forb with pale to dark purple flowers. Plants are 6 to 30 inches tall with diffuse branching. Leaves are about 2 inches long and oblong or lance shaped with entire to sharply toothed margin. The flower heads have many subtending bracts that reflex away from the flower at the tip. These bracts are white and membranous at the bottom and green at the tip.

Seed production and field establishment of hoary tansyaster (Machaeranthera canescens)

Publications Posted on: July 27, 2015
The USDA NRCS Aberdeen Plant Materials Center (PMC) produces certified early generation seed of hoary tansyaster (Machaeranthera canescens (Pursh) A. Gray [Asteraceae]), a late summer and fall blooming forb native to the Intermountain West region. Hoary tansyaster is an excellent forb candidate for restoration efforts in arid to semiarid sites.

Notice of release of Amethyst Germplasm hoaty tansyaster: Selected class of natural germplasm

Publications Posted on: July 27, 2015
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Aberdeen Plant Materials Center, Aberdeen, Idaho, announces the release of Amethyst Germplasm hoary tansyaster (Machaeronthero canescens (Pursh) A. Gray [Asteraceae]}, a selected class natural track germplasm identified by NRCS accession number 9076670 for conservation plantings in the Intermountain US.

Plant Guide: Limestone hawksbeard: Crepis intermedia

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2013
Sunflower family (Asteraceae). Limestone hawksbeard is a native perennial forb with one or two stems arising from a taproot. Plants are 30-70cm tall and basal leaves are 10-40 cm long, pinnatifid, with a fairly broad, undivided midstrip and entire or dentate segments. Plants are densely or sparsely gray-tomentulose. There are 10-60 heads per plant that are 7-12 flowered.

Plant Guide: Bigflower agoseris: Agoseris grandiflora

Publications Posted on: September 19, 2013
Sunflower family (Asteraceae). Bigflower agoseris is a short lived perennial forb from a simple or branched taproot. The stems and leaves contain a white milky juice. The leaves are all basal with the flower heads solitary on a naked scape. Leaves are 8 to 25 cm (3 to 10 in) long and 1 to 3 cm (0.4 to 1.2 in) wide, oblanceolate pinnatifid to nearly entire. The flowering stems are 15 to 45 cm (6 to 18 in) tall (Welsh et al. 2003).

Searls' Prairie clover (Dalea searlsiae) tolerance to post-emergence herbicide applications

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2012
Searls' prairie clover (Dalea searlsiae) is a forb native to Utah and the Great Basin. Recent rangeland restoration efforts have lead to an interest in commercial Dalea seed production. This trial was designed to evaluate prairie clover tolerance to herbicides that have potential for use in prairie clover seed production. Treatments were applied May 12, 2009 on an established stand at a site in North Logan, Utah.

Plant Guide: Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata [Pursh] Nutt.)

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2012
A wide variety of wildlife utilizes arrowleaf balsamroot. Deer, elk, bighorn sheep and pronghorn eat the leaves, stems and flowers. Arrowleaf balsamroot can be used to improve spring and summer forage in open rangelands. Ogle and Brazee (2009) list arrowleaf balsamroot as desired forage for cattle, sheep, elk, and pronghorn in spring and summer. Young tissues of arrowleaf balsamroot contain nearly 30% protein (Rickets, 1994).

Plant Guide: Yellow beeplant (Cleome lutea Hook)

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2012
Yellow beeplant is a valuable native forage species for bees wasps and butterflies. Over 140 species of native bees have been observed foraging for nectar or pollen on yellow beeplant in southern Utah (Cane, 2008). Yellow beeplant is an annual forb which could provide food to insects in the first growing season of a range seeding (Ogle and others, 2011a).

Plant Guide: Tapertip hawksbeard (Crepis acuminata Nutt.)

Publications Posted on: October 03, 2012
Tapertip hawksbeard leaves are consumed by pre-laying sage grouse hens and make up a large portion of their diet (Barnett and Crawford, 1994). Sage grouse chicks also feed on tapertip hawksbeard leaves in addition to the insects attracted by the flowers (Drut and others, 1994; Klebenow and Gray, 1968).

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