Plant native in Portland to control stormwater

Plant native in Portland to control stormwater

Want to manage stormwater on your property? You can start by choosing plants that will divert water away from homes and sewers.

Before you begin your spring planting, consider which plants Portland experts do and don't recommend.

Plant these native, filtering plants ...

  • fringe cup (piggyback)
  • native strawberry
  • red-flowering currant
  • vine maple
  • ceanothus


Avoid these ...

  • butterfly bush
  • ivy
  • yellow-flag iris
  • bachelor's button
  • English laurel


Source: Mitch Bixby, City of Portland botanic specialist


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