The Hookers Fairy Bells is a lovely perennial wildflower with several to many erect to ascending stems, these stems can be up to 60 cm high. The stems are slender, not much branched, and somewhat pubescent above. The individual leaves have parallel venation and measure up to 15 cm long. The berries are edible but not very sweet or tasty, squirrels and birds find them irresistible though. Read More….
False Lily Of The Valley
False Lily Of The Valley is a characteristic species of coniferous forests and is native to Vancouver Island and southern coastal BC It occurs in most forest stands throughout the different regions of the area. This is a very common flower on the south coast and you will see it almost everywhere. The False Lily Of The Valley plant is an erect perennial herb growing from slender branching rhizomes. Read More….
False Solomon Seal
False Solomon Seal grows abundantly on all of North America. This plant sometimes forms loose vegetative colonies. The preference is a light shade to partial sun, moist to slightly dry conditions, and a fertile loamy soil with abundant organic material, sandy and rocky soil can also be tolerated. False Solomon’s Seal is a common plant that occurs in every part of the BC coastal region. Read More….
Fireweed, also known as Willow Herb, can be found in every Canadian province and territory. It is usually one of the first plants to grow and bloom on land devastated by logging or fire. It is a 1.5 m tall perennial covered with 2.5 cm pink flowers. The name originated because it’s a pioneer plant that grows first on a fire burnt area. It has been found to contain several chemical compounds with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Read More….
The western Foam Flower grows primarily along the BC coast into Washington and on all of Vancouver Island. Foam Flowers are a source of food for Canadian wildlife. Their seeds and leaves feed birds, such as the ruffed grouse, while flowers offer pollen and nectar to local pollinators. The Foam Flower is a pretty woodland plant that have inspired gardeners to grow them at home, for their blooms and for their ability to provide good ground cover. Read More….
Forget Me Not
They say Forget Me Not’s got their name from a medieval knight who had just returned from battle. He was walking by a raging river with his beloved wife whom he had missed dearly. The knight held a bouquet of flowers in his hands that he had just gathered for her. As they walked along, the knight leaned over the edge to look into the water and because of the weight of the armor, he fell into the water. According to the legend, he threw the bouquet at her shouting forget-me-not and then disappeared into the water and was never seen again. Read More….
The foxglove flower itself is an elegant, very beautiful flower. All colors are accented by a freckled pattern scattered upon the pale interior of the bell. The trumpet-like blooms cluster together on the tall stem in a dramatic presence that hummingbirds and bees find irresistible. Despite its beautiful appearance and its appeal to hummingbirds and bees, foxglove has another feature that must acknowledge before including it in their garden plans. Every part of this plant is highly poisonous. Read More….
The Fringe Cup grows all over the BC coastal region as well as from Alaska down the pacific coast to Oregon including all of Vancouver Island. These pretty flowers grow in moist forests, along stream banks, and in meadows. In my area, the wild spaces come alive with masses of fringe cups in full bloom. The Fringe Cup begins flowering around April. It’s always a treat to see these plants covered in fragrant blooms. Read More….
Giant horsetail is the largest of the common horsetails, explaining its common name. Giant horsetail is found at low to middle elevations usually near standing or flowing water. Dense colonies often form in moist forests and meadows, stream banks, swamps, seepage areas, and gullies, giving the landscape a prehistoric look. This species is found in pacific northwest from Alaska to southern California. On the Pacific Coast, including all of Vancouver Island. Read More….
There are only one species in the genus that grows in the pacific northwest, its the Gnome Plant and it can be seen from southwestern British Columbia, Vancouver Island, down as far as California. They are very rare and if you do see one of these tiny little jewels, then you are indeed a lucky one. The Gnome plant is a monotypic genus of plant that contains the single species Hemitomes congestum, which is known as the gnome plant or cone plant. Read More….
A graceful member of the Rose family, Goats Beard grows freely in the Pacific Northwest including all of Vancouver Island. It’s a beautiful flowering plant. Goatsbeard, also sometimes called Bride’s Feathers, found in moist woodlands of Europe, northern Asia, and North America. In the woodlands, it usually grows as randomly spaced individuals and not in large colonies. Read More….
Bumblebees are the most important pollinators of the great mullein, where they seek nectar and pollen. The seeds of Great Mullein are too small to be of much interest to birds, while the hairy foliage is not eaten by deer or elk, making it a great plant for gardeners who deal with browsing deer. The blooming period usually occurs during the summer and lasts about 1½ months. Only a few flowers are in bloom at the same time. Read More….
Harebell Flowers are bell-shaped and are easily identified by these fragile blue flowers, shaped like bells and heart-shaped basal leaves which are usually slightly toothed. The foliage dies back in the spring as the flowers emerge on their erect stems with lance-shaped leaves along the stem. Harebells grow in clumps flowering in the Islands forests from July to September. Read More….
Hendersons Shooting Star
Henderson’s Shooting Stars are a Pacific Northwest native plant that grows on South Vancouver Island as far north as Campbell River on the East side of the Island and Tofino on the west side. It also grows on the Washington, Oregon and northern California coasts. Read More….
Herb Robert is a therapeutic herb, although, very little information is available on the constituents, this herb’s action is one of the best herbs that can be used regularly, as a boost to the immune system. Research has revealed that herb robert is a source of germanium, a valuable element to the body, as it has the ability to make oxygen available to the cells. With more oxygen being received at the cell level, means the body has the opportunity to fight disease by its own powers and healing can take place quickly. Read More….