Edible native plants can be an attractive option in the drylands

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Lacey Jarrell/ For the Capital Press Pat Clickener, left, and Annie Sedlacek sort woolly sunflower, a plant native to Southern Oregon, at Rock Bottom Ranch Koi & Nursery.

The Bonanza, Ore., nursery specializes in natives and drought-tolerant species.

Nursery grows its own natural, edible plants



BONANZA, Ore. — Edible native plants can be an attractive option for residential landscaping, according to Southern Oregon growers.

Owners of Rock Bottom Ranch Koi & Nursery in Bonanza, Ore., focus on hardy native plants for rugged Great Basin, high-desert conditions.

“The Great Basin extends throughout all the sand states. We’re dealing with low precipitation, high elevation and temperature extremes,” said former nursery owner Annie Sedlacek.

Earlier this year, Sedlacek, and her husband Leslie, sold the native plant nursery to Bob and Pat Clickener, but the couple is staying on to help the Clickeners acclimate to the nursery setting.

Rock Bottom features a wide array of native and drought-tolerant plants. Elderberries, golden currants and serviceberry are just a few of the decorative native Oregon edibles customers can pick up there.

“They are beautiful landscape plants, and they are really useful for wildlife and birds,” Sedlacek said.

According to Sedlacek, in addition to providing a nutritious return on investment, native edibles tempered to specific regional microclimates don’t require added fertilizers or maintenance.

“If you can have a beautiful native plant that can feed your family and shelter wildlife — plus keep your landscape less expensive to maintain — why would you select a different plant?”

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.