The Pacific Rhododendron Bush on Vancouver Island are very rare with only a couple of areas where they grow, I am only familiar with the Parksville site at Rhododendron Lake and on the shores of Antler Lake. This plant is a perennial tree or shrub. This shrub is native to the Pacific Northwest. It has its most active growth period in the spring and summer. Read More….
The Pearly Everlasting plant is native to every province in Canada as well as the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, its unique look and tolerance for poor soil and cold temps means it can grow almost anywhere. Many types of butterflies use it as a source of food and some as a host plant for their young. The flowers are magnets for the bee pollinators. Read More….
The PiggyBack Plant natural habitat is an area with cool, moist soil that is protected from bright sunlight. They commonly grow under the canopy of tall trees. While each plant is under a foot in height, it can slowly spread forming a large colony. Read More….
Pineapple Weed is a very common annual broadleaf plant. It is found all over North America and even on all of Greenland. Pineapple weed inhabits agricultural land, turf, and other disturbed areas. When crushed, the leaves and flower heads smell similar to pineapple. You can find it growing in fields, orchards, nurseries, pastures, sand bars, riverbanks, roadsides, gardens, turf, landscaped areas, and other disturbed places. It makes a nice tea. Read More….
Pink Fawn Lily
Found commonly on Vancouver Island. It occurs in wet maritime to sub maritime climates. Occurrence decreases with increasing latitude and elevation. The first peoples ate the bulb. The bulbs were dug when they first sprouted in the spring and eaten raw or steamed in tall cedar boxes and served with large quantities of grease. They could also be dried in the sun and then boiled in water or baked and served with grease. Read More….
Red Columbine is found in Cedar groves, Maple forests, and mixed conifer hardwood forests. It grows in thin soils over bedrock, steep hillsides of thin soil over bedrock, and on gravelly glacial marine soils. Because of highly variable genetic plasticity, populations can occur in a wide range of habitats from rich woods to rocky cliffs. Read More….
Red Flowering Currant
The Red flowering currant inhabits the drier portions of the south coast of British Columbia and also lurks in scattered localities in the interior of the province. It grows all over Vancouver Island and I must say, it is one of my most favorite flowering shrubs in my area of Campbell River. Its distribution extends southward along the coast into northern California. Read More….
The red huckleberry plants bright green and thin crooked branches hang laden with red berries in the late spring. These delicate translucent berries have been a source of food for generations of Northwest First Peoples, animals and settlers alike. They are rich in vitamin C, available sugars and minerals like manganese. Read More…..