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Title: A field guide to plants of the Boise Foothills

Author: Utz, Jamie; Pellant, Michael; Gardetto, Jessica;

Date: 2013

Source: Boise, ID: Healthy Hills Initiative. Online:

Publication Series: Miscellaneous

Description: The foothills north of Boise, Garden City, and Eagle make a beautiful backdrop for the urban areas below. This ecosystem provides city residents unparalleled recreational opportunities, serves as important wildlife habitat, provides clean water to residents, and supports the local economy. The foothills are also home to a wide variety of plants that have important ecological and economic roles. Native plants have naturally evolved with and adapted to the local foothills climate and soils. Nonnative plants are species that were introduced (accidentally or purposefully) to the foothills ecosystem. Both types of plants are important to understanding and appreciating the foothills. This guide provides the user with a tool to identify some of the more common native and nonnative plants found in the lower portion of the Boise Foothills.

Keywords: shrubs, trees, forbs, grasses, Boise Foothills, native plants, nonnative plants

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Utz, Jamie; Pellant, Michael; Gardetto, Jessica. 2013. A field guide to plants of the Boise Foothills. Boise, ID: Healthy Hills Initiative. Online:


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