American vetch is a drought-tolerant climbing vine excellent for sunny and partially shady locations. It is a common plant on the BC coast. You can quite often see it on the ocean beaches. Vetch often can be found growing amongst other tall flowers and grasses. American vetch is a native perennial climbing vine that grows to approximately 60 cm tall. Each plant has a single stem. Read More….
Arrow Leaved Balsamroot
In Canada, the balsamroot plant only occurs on the southeastern portion of Vancouver Island. Balsamroot habitat destruction and aggressive invasion of exotic species are the main threats to the balsamroot plant. These threats are real, we could lose this plant in the next few years if we don’t protect it. No government legislation exists to protect rare and endangered vascular plants in British Columbia. Read More….
Arrow Leaved Groundsel
The Arrow Leaved Groundsel is also known as the old man flower and the Latin name Senecio means just that in translation. It is also called ragwort by some or spearhead Senecio by others. Arrow Leaved Groundsel is a lush leafy perennial that can grow up to 1.5 meters tall. You will usually find it growing in damp to very wet open sites. It grows from 300 meters to alpine locations here on the south coast. Read More….
Bald Hip Rose
The Bald Hip Rose is a spindly shrub about 1.5 m tall with slender stems, usually with numerous soft and straight thorns. Hips were eaten sparingly when ripe by many Northwest Coast Peoples, including the Cowichan, Saanich, Ditidaht, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Makah. The outer rind of the fruit only was eaten, because the seeds contain hairs that are irritating to the digestive tract, and are said to give one an itchy bottom. Read More….
Birdsfoot Trefoil Plant
Birdsfoot trefoil is a choice food for many birds and animals. As a ground cover, it provides green cover most of the year and blooms profusely. All parts of the plant are poisonous, containing hydrogen cyanide. In small quantities, hydrogen cyanide has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion, it is also claimed to be of benefit in the treatment of cancer. In excess, however, it can cause respiratory failure and even death. Read More….
Bleeding Heart Plant
Pacific bleeding heart plants are found all over the Vancouver Island coniferous forests. It is a delicate, pretty and short plant. It is also is known as the western bleeding heart. Its heart-shaped flowers give it its name. This beautiful plant has small, heart-shaped flowers growing in small groups on top of a long and thin stalk. The dainty much divided and fern-like leaves grow straight out of the ground on long and thin stalks. Read More….
One of the spring wonders of the Vancouver Island coastal region is the Spanish Bluebells, this flower grows everywhere here on the south coast and they are truly a beautiful flower. I love walking in the forests in the spring and one of my favorite sights is this flower. It is also called the fairy flower and one can almost see the fairies dancing around these bluebells. Read More….
Vancouver Island has wild blueberries growing all over it. These low bush blueberry plants are primarily spread by rhizomes or underground runners, which produce new roots and stems. All shoots arising from the same root system have similar characteristics and are clones of the original root system. Wild Blueberry plants areas actually produce many different low bush blueberry clones and this creates the variations in color and size that you find in a wild blueberry crop. Read More….
The Bracken Fern grows extensively all over Vancouver Island, It is probably one of our most populous ferns on the Island. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner-city environments. This species is native to parts of North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised when it grows where children and pets play. Read More….
Buckbean is a green, glabrous plant, with creeping rootstock and ground-hugging stem, varying in length according to the situation, covered by the sheaths of the leaves, which are on long and fleshy, the leaflets being about 5 cm long and 2.5 cm broad. It blooms from June to August on Mount Washington, Vancouver Island. Read More….
Bull Thistle grows all over the south coast including all of Vancouver Island and I am now seeing it in the remotest spots on the coast. Bull thistle is a widespread thistle originally from Europe and Asia but now introduced throughout North America. Bull thistle is also commonly found along trails, roads and vacant fields. Read More….
Bunch Berry, is also known as the Dwarf dogwood. The Bunch Berry grows in great abundance on the BC coast. This perennial subshrub is a diminutive member of the dogwood family. Bunch Berry is native to a broad area extending west from extreme southern Greenland across boreal Canada and the Northern United States south down the Rocky Mountains into Colorado and New Mexico, across Alaska to Northeastern Asia. Read More….
Butter & Egg Plant
Butter & eggs grow all over Vancouver Island and are becoming a common sight. The blooming period occurs from early to mid-summer and lasts about a month, and then intermittently thereafter until the early fall. Some colonies of plants bloom later than others depending on shade conditions. Read More….
The Buttercup Flower is a familiar wildflower, they prefer to grow in open waste ground and acidic soils throughout North America, not to mention the middle of my lawn. They grow all over the BC coast. Generally, buttercup flowers have yellow cup-like flowers and deeply divided leaves, which may or may not be fuzzy. Read More….