Mount Pisgah Arboretum encompasses a diversity of habitats including oak savanna, bottom-land riparian forest, wetlands, prairies, and conifer forests and oak woodlands on the hillsides. These habitats are home to many species of mosses, lichens, fungi, and flowering plants. In total, 67 plant families, 231 genera, and 339 species are identified on our published plant list. To download our printable plant list, click here.

For an in-depth look at native plant species (growing conditions, pollinator and bird attractants, etc.) around the Willamette Valley, click here.


Wildlife is abundant within the Arboretum. Our water garden is home to a population of threatened western pond turtles, as well as a number of amphibian species. Mammals found here represent a broad cross-section of the diversity that can be found in our region. A visit in the warmer months reveals the diversity of insect life as well. Dozens of species of dragonflies, damselflies, native bees, grasshoppers, butterflies, and others abound. The Arboretum is one of the most popular birding sites in the area, playing host to a wide array of migratory and resident song birds, raptors, and waterfowl. Bird walks are held on a monthly basis. Download our bird list for more details.


Though most of the Arboretum is dedicated to the preservation of native habitats, there are some very attractive planned and planted gardens. The Patricia M. Baker Memorial Wildflower Garden is a 2-acre garden in the River Meadow showcasing the rich beauty of the Pacific Northwest’s native flora. Other planted areas include an entrance garden with 89 species of woody plants including 57 Rhododendron species and 13 native and introduced tree species including maples, oaks, magnolias, pines and Metasequoia.

Habitat Management

The Arboretum is committed to using an ecologically sound approach to all aspects of site development and maintenance. Habitat management actions and methodologies are guided by our Habitat Committee.

Plant Lists

In total, 67 plant families, 231 genera, and 339 species are identified on our published plant list.  To download our printable plant list, click here.  To see a list in table format, which includes plants’ ethno-botanical uses (click on “see detail” on the far right) scroll down. For an in-depth look at native plant species (growing conditions, butterfly and bird attractants, and pollinating species) around the Willamette Valley, click here.

The following plant list was compiled by University of Oregon students, with a focus on the ethnobotanical uses of some of the plant species native to the Arboretum.

Common NameScientific NameFamilyTypeLinks
harvest brodiaeaBrodiaea coronariaLiliaceaePerennialSee detail
yarrowAchillea millefoliumAsteraceaePerennialSee detail
showy milkweedAsclepias speciosaAsclepiadaceaePerennialSee detail
camas or large camasCammassia leichliniiLiliaceaePerennialSee detail
Dewey sedgeCarex deweyanaCyperaceaePerennialSee detail
slough sedgeCarex obnuptaCyperaceaePerennialSee detail
Siberian miner’s lettuceClaytonia sibiricaPortulacaceaePerennialSee detail
woods strawberryFragaria vescaRosaceaePerennialSee detail
bedstrawGalium aparineRubiaceae PerennialSee detail
gumweedGrindelia integrifoliaAsteraceaePerennialSee detail
cow parsnipHeracleum lanatumApiaceaePerennialSee detail
Oregon irisIris tenaxIridaceaePerennialSee detail
celery-leafed lovageLigusticum apiifoliumApiaceaePerennialSee detail
fernleaf biscuit rootLomatium dissectumApiaceaePerennialSee detail
biscuit rootLomatium nudicauleApiaceaePerennialSee detail
showy tarweedMadia elegansAsteraceaePerennialSee detail
manrootMarah oreganusCucurbitaceaePerennialSee detail
yellow pond lilyNuphar polysepalumNymphaceaePerennialSee detail
yampahPerideridia gairdneriApiacaePerennialSee detail
sword fernPolystichum munitumDryopteridaceaePerennialSee detail
silverweedPotentilla anserinaRosaceaePerennialSee detail
trailing blackberryRubus ursinusRosaceaePerennialSee detail
duck potatoSagittaria latifoliaAlismataceaePerennialSee detail
pacific snakerootSanicula crassicaulisApiaceaePerennialSee detail
hard-stem bulrushScirpus acutusCyperaceaePerennialSee detail
tuleScirpus tabernaemontaniiCyperaceaePerennialSee detail
false Solomon’s sealSmilacina racemosaLiliaceaePerennialSee detail
broad-leaved cattailTypha latifoliaTyphaceaePerennialSee detail
stinging nettleUrtica dioicaUrticaceaePerennialSee detail
serviceberryAmelanchier alnifoliaRosaceaeShrubSee detail
tall Oregon grapeBerberis aquifoliumBerberidaceaeShrubSee detail
Oregon grapeBerberis nervosaBerberidaceaeShrubSee detail
salalGaultheria shallonEricaceaeShrubSee detail
ocean sprayHolodiscus discolorRosaceaeShrubSee detail
osoberryOemleria cerasiformisRosaceaeShrubSee detail
Pacific ninebarkPhysocarpus capitatusRosaceaeShrubSee detail
Coastal black gooseberryRibes divaricatumGrossulariaceaeShrubSee detail
Blackcap raspberryRubus leucodermisRosaceaeShrubSee detail
salmonberryRubus spectabilisRosaceaeShrubSee detail
Scouler’s willowSalix scoulerianaSalicaceaeShrubSee detail
poison oakToxicodendron diversilobum AnacardiaceaeShrubSee detail
vine mapleAcer circinatumAceraceaeTreeSee detail
bigleaf mapleAcer macrophyllumAceraceaeTreeSee detail
red alderAlnus rubraBetulaceaeTreeSee detail
Pacific madrone Arbutus menziesiiEricaceaeTreeSee detail
incense-cedarCalocedrus decurrens CupressaceaeTreeSee detail
Western dogwoodCornus nuttalliiCornaceaeTreeSee detail
black hawthornCrataegus douglasiiRosaceaeTreeSee detail
Western crabappleMalus fusca RosaceaeTreeSee detail
ponderosa pinePinus ponderosaPinaceaeTreeSee detail
chokecherryPrunus virginianaRosaceaeTreeSee detail
Douglas-firPseudotsuga menziesiiPinaceaeTreeSee detail
Oregon white oakQuercus garryanaFagaceaeTreeSee detail
CascaraRhamnus purshianaRhamnaceaeTreeSee detail
blue elderberrySambucus caerulea CaprifoliaceaeTreeSee detail
Pacific yewTaxus brevifoliaTaxaceaeTreeSee detail
Western red cedarThuja plicataCupressaceaeTreeSee detail
chanterelle mushroomCantharellus sppCantharellaceaeFungusSee detail
old man’s beardUsnea sppParmeliaceaeLichenSee detail