All spring, summer and fall, the west coast is ablaze with Indian Paintbrush. It can be found throughout all of British Columbia and the greater Pacific Northwest. Plus all of Vancouver Island. It grows all over the Campbell River area. They grow in groups with long tube-like stems, pointy leaves and bright red blooms on the end. Read More….
Indian Pipe Plant
The Indian Pipeplant is a unique and strange plant that grows solitary or in clumps both small and large from a very dense root system. They occur in moist, dark deep shaded woods that have rich soil. Indian Pipe Plant. It is fairly rare and it is said to appear almost overnight, just like a mushroom. The plant gets all its nutrients from dead plant or animal matter. Other common names are Ghost Flower, Ice Plant, and Corpse Flower. Read More….
This plant is one of my favorite plants, King Gentian is a beautiful flower that grows in bogs, wet meadows and along lakeshores at higher elevations on Vancouver Island, Paradise Meadows on Forbidden Plateau is covered in them. The plant may have one too many flowers on stems that are from 10 cm to a meter tall. The flower gets its name because the flower looks like a scepter, a staff that was is carried by kings as a symbol of sovereignty. Read More….
The Kinnikinnick plant is trailing dwarf shrub has long flexible sprawling branches that forms a green mat sometimes several meters wide over its preferred dry sandy habitat. The leafy stems are covered with soft, white hairs. With its evergreen leaves and bright red berries, it brightens up winter woodlands and meadows. Read More….
In the wild, Lady ferns can be found growing in meadows, open thickets, moist woods, and along stream beds. They also grow in the cracks of rocks. On Vancouver Island, it usually grows in the understory of Cedar, Douglas fir and Western Hemlock. Lady ferns will grow in a group in the shape of a circle. As they grow farther and farther outwards, the centers die away, leaving a ring of Lady Ferns. Read More….
Large Leave Avens
The Large Leaved Avens plant is a hairy perennial with short rhizomes and big leaves topped by small yellow flowers. This plant grows all over the southern BC coast and all the gulf islands. The Pacific Northwest peoples had numerous medicinal uses for the leaves and roots. They would crush the leaves to make a poultice for wounds and would steep the leaves for a tea to dull stomach pain. Read More….
Lupines thrive in dry open fields and woodland areas, you can see them along all the highways of Vancouver Island in very thick patches. It is poisonous to many animals. Poisoning varies depending on lupine species and varieties, and it is difficult to pinpoint to specific plant or animal since different animals become susceptible in different ways under varying range conditions. Read More….
The Maidenhair Fern grows all over the coast of BC, look for it around small streams and moist shady areas. Look in your garden, mine has lots of maidenhair ferns that have colonized themselves into my yard. These ferns are leafy, non-flowering plants. They are very delicate and require good wind protection to grow nicely. They are slow-spreading and non-invasive. Maidenhair ferns are deciduous in colder climates. Read More….
The Marsh Marigold grows all over the BC coastal region. The plant is a herbaceous perennial and is found in wet woodlands and damp meadows as well as along stream banks. It also makes a beautiful addition to a garden pond. The Marsh Marigold is one of the first wetland wildflowers to bloom early in the spring. This makes it a welcome early source of pollen and nectar for many insects such as the honeybee. Read More….
The small, wispy stature and sparse floral array make Marsh Speedwell a very inconspicuous species in its swampy habitats. A circumpolar species of both eastern and western hemispheres, it is widespread throughout the upper part of North America, preferring wetter locations at higher elevations in its southern range and extending north beyond the Arctic Circle. Read More….
Northern Red Currant
The wild northern red currant bush and its berries are a tasty treat indeed. If you’re lucky enough to find a big haul of them, they can be used in any recipes for cultivated berries. If you find only a few, then they make a fine addition to summer puddings or wild fruit salads. The Northern red Currant grows all over North America at higher elevations, I always enjoy finding them on a mountain hike, sweet and sour at the same time but quite refreshing. Read More….
Orange honeysuckle favors the southern parts of British Columbia, ranging from southeastern Vancouver Island, from Campbell River south, onto the mainland as far east as Creston. First peoples from the Interior of B.C. would weave the stem fibers of orange honeysuckle with other fiber materials into blankets and capes. The south coast has only a handful of true climbing vines and the Orange Honeysuckle is the prettiest of them all. Read More….
The beautiful Oregon Stonecrop grows on all of the BC coastal region and is a pretty sight to see. The plant is a sprawling succulent that has ascending flowering stems. The leaves form a crowded rosette. They have fleshy and somewhat flattened leaves that are green but often turning bronze. Grows on rocky ledges, gravelly places, and talus slopes, from sea level right up to the alpine areas of of the coast. Read More….
Oxeye daisy is widely planted and easily escapes cultivation. It is an invasive exotic that can displace native species. Due to its unpleasant taste and odor, most grazers avoid this plant, leaving it to spread easily within grazed grasslands, pastures, and rangelands. It smells like baby vomit. Very unpleasant. Read More….