OSU Press publishes book on native plant propagation


CORVALLIS - During the past decade, acknowledgment has grown for the role that native plants play in promoting healthy ecosystems.

A new book published by the Oregon State University Press looks at the art and the science of propagating native plant in the Pacific Northwest. With information on more than 140 plants native to the Northwest, the book is thought to be the first comprehensive manual on the subject.

The book, "Propagation of Pacific Northwest Native Plants," is designed for use by nursery professionals, students, and home gardeners. It was written by Robin Rose, an associate professor of forest science at OSU and director of the Nursery Technology Cooperative here; Caryn Chachulski, a faculty research assistant for the cooperative; and Diane Haase, associate director of the cooperative.

The new book is divided into four parts, focusing on shrubs, trees, forbs and grasses. The authors provide propagation techniques, physical descriptions of the plants, information on habitat, and an outline of the geographic range.

Also provided are line drawings and an illustrated glossary.

"Propagation of Pacific Northwest Native Plants" is available at book stores and libraries around the Northwest, or by calling the OSU Press at 541-737-3166.