Forbs (wildflowers) are essential components of resilient, biologically and functionally diverse communities, but their use in restoration and rehabilitation in the Intermountain West remains limited. The Western Forbs: Biology, Ecology, and Use in Restoration project is synthesizing research, particularly information and practical experience gained over the last two decades. This resource will aid seed collectors, seed growers, nurserymen, landowners, restoration contractors, and land managers as they increase the supply and use of native forbs. Each chapter features an individual species’ biology, ecology, seed technology, and use in restoration.

Project Overview and Acknowledgements

Completed Chapters (download and open with Adobe Reader for best printing)-

Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata)
Douglas’ dustymaiden (Chaenactis douglasii)
Tapertip hawksbeard (Crepis acumintata)
Blue Mountain (western) prairie clover (Dalea ornata)
Hoary tansyaster (Dieteria [Machaeranthera] cansecens)
Desert yellow fleabane (Erigeron linearis)
Aspen fleabane (Erigeron speciosus)
Showy goldeneye (Heliomeris multiflora)
Sagebrush false dandelion (Nothocalais troximoides)
Royal penstemon (Penstemon speciosus)
Gooseberry globemallow (Sphaeralcea grossulariifolia)
Munro’s globemallow (Sphaeralcea munroana)
Small-leaf globemallow (Sphaeralcea parvifolia)

Eventually the manual will include at least 98 forb species. Chapters are being developed in order of priority set by USDI Bureau of Land Management personnel, based on the projected importance of each species for Great Basin sites in the greatest need of restoration.

See also, the Revegetation Catalog for more information on using forbs in restoration.