Montana Native Plant Garden

Carroll Montana Native Plant Garden

On July 13, 2012, hard-working volunteers from across the campus, along with our fabulous Grounds crew, planted our native garden with over 200 plants of 32 different species. Many thanks go out to both the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society and the Last Chance Audubon Society for their generous support of this project.

The garden, located in front of the Corette Library, covers about 1,200 square feet. A gravel path bisects the plot, giving garden aficionados access to the interior. Visit throughout the year to see how it grows. Check at the Corette Library main desk for a list of established wildflowers, grasses and shrubs growing in the garden. Our plant list is also included at the bottom of this page. Questions? Send us an email at


Garden Notes

Below are  links to download PDFs of garden notes from 2012 to 2016. All photos in the garden notes were taken in the garden on the day of the post, unless otherwise noted.

2016 Garden Notes

2015 Garden Notes

2014 Garden Notes

2013 and September 2012 Garden Notes


Established Plants in the Garden

Click here to download a list, with pictures, of established forbs and shrubs in the garden.

Click here to download a list, with pictures, of established grasses in the garden.


Littleleaf Pussytoes
Antennaria microphylla

Showy Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa

Campanula rotundifolia

White Prairie Clover
Dalea candida

Narrow-leaved Purple Coneflower
Echinacea angustifolia

Great Blanket-flower
Gaillardia aristata

Sticky Geranium
Geranium viscossimum

Prairie Smoke
Geum triflorum

Dotted Gayfeather
Liatris punctata

Prairie Flax
Linum lewisii

Little Flowered Penstemon
Penstemon procerus

Rubus parviflorus

Blackeyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta

Sedum stenopetalum

Small Soapweed Yucca
Yucca glauca


Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Big Sagebrush
Artemesia tridentata

Curl-leaf Mountain-mahogany
Cercocarpus ledifolius

Alderleaf Mountain-mahogany
Cercocarpus montanus

Rubber Rabbitbrush
Ericameria nauseosa

Creeping Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis

Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa

Antelope Bitterbrush
Purshia tridentata

Wood’s Rose
Rosa woodsii

Blue Elderberry
Sambucus cerulea

White Spirea
Spiraea betulifolia

Common Snowberry
Symphoricarpos albus


Basin Wildrye
Leymus cinereus

Bluebunch Wheatgrass
Elymus spicatus

Prairie Junegrass
Koeleria macrantha

Idaho Fescue
Festuca idahoensis

Indian Ricegrass
Oryzopsis hymenoides



Native Garden Installation Slide Show

In pictures, the July 2012 installation of our native garden.