The Blue Cornflower was first introduced from Mediterranean area as a garden plant, but it soon escaped into the wild and now it can be found alongside dusty roads, open dry areas. You can use it to heal skin problems like acne, just boil the flowers and stems and then put a towel over your head and cover the bowl with the towel, after 15 minutes you can wash your face and believe me, you will feel a big difference. Read More….
Butter And Egg Plant
Butter & egg is another garden plant that has escaped into the wild to become a permanent resident. It has spread to all areas of the coast. The preference is full sun, dry conditions and a barren soil that is gravelly or sandy. The flowers are pollinated by bumblebees, which are strong enough to push past the palate to enter the throat of the corolla. Read More….
Canada thistle is a perennial plant that is invasive on the BC coast. It is considered a noxious weed under the BC Weed Control Act. This thistle is commonly found on edge of roads, stream banks, horse pastures, planted fields, logged over areas and other disturbed areas. It is a major concern on the coast and is a widespread problem throughout the province. Read More….
The Cherry Laurel plant is native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor. It has been introduced to North America and is used quite extensively as a garden/yard hedge. All parts of this plant are poisonous so care should be used in your choice of hedge material if you have children or pets that might induce this plant and its pretty looking berries. Read More….
Burdock is an invasive plant in BC. Invasive plants grow and spread quickly, forcing out native plants and causing damage to the health of our environment. Common burdock can seriously damage native ecosystems. Although found primarily on disturbed sites, it will spread to natural areas from nearby roadsides, logged over areas and unused fields. Read More….
The Common Tansy is a perennial and considered regionally noxious under the BC Weed Control Act. It has established itself on the coast of BC and to many other areas of B.C., We have it all over the Campbell River area. It prefers sunny areas with well-drained soil and often infests stream banks, fields and disturbed sites such as roadsides and logged over areas. It can be toxic to livestock and to humans if large quantities are consumed. Read More….
Dalmatian Toadflax was first brought to the BC coastal region as an ornamental. Its snapdragon like beautiful yellow flowers makes it a favorite among gardeners. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and was introduced to North America in the late 1800s. It appeared in southeast B. C. by 1940. Read More….
Dame’s rocket is planted as an ornamental but quickly escapes cultivation because of its prolific seed set. Unfortunately, part of its success can be attributed to its wide distribution in wildflower seed mixes. It generally produces a basal rosette the first year, flowering the following year. The plants are prolific bloomers and produce large quantities of seed from May into July. Read More….
English Holly grows all over the BC coastal region and I personally have seen this tree in areas that have hardly been tread by man and yet, there they are. The problem is that many birds love the berries from these trees and after eating, the seeds are deposited in their droppings to all areas of the coast. Holly is a small broadleaf evergreen tree that can grow up to 20 meters high. Red berries are found on the female trees. Read More….
Giant Hogweed’s fast growth and large size allow it to readily occupy and crowd out native vegetation. In riparian areas it forms a dense canopy, driving out native species and causing stream bank erosion. The greatest concern of this plant is human health. The blister-like pustules on stems and stalks exude a clear watery sap that sensitizes the skin to ultraviolet radiation. Sunlight on the affected areas can result in severe burns that usually result in blistering and painful dermatitis. Read More….
Giant knotweed is a tall shrub with bamboo-like stems. It has been planted throughout south and central Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands as a garden ornamental but has quickly spread to non-garden areas to form dense thickets in a variety of habitats, including dry roadsides and moist stream banks. Small patches can quickly spread into large areas, leaving little room for native species to grow. It now can be found on most of the BC coast. Read More….
Goutweed (ground elder) is a plant that is native to Europe and northern Asia. The early settlers brought it to North America as an ornamental garden plant and a ground cover. Today it is a problematic invasive species that is commonly found in moist forests, ravine systems and along watercourses, l have seen it so thick along creeks that it has joined across the center to cover sections of the waterway completely. Read More….