The Pacific Northwest Salal plant can be upright or ground crawling and grows from 0.2 to 5 meters in height. Its growth can be sparse or form a dense barrier almost impossible to penetrate. It spreads by suckering layer upon layer and is the most dominant shrub in the coastal forest area. It grows from sea level to mid-elevations. It is found in coniferous coastal forests all over the BC coast. Read More….
The Salmonberry Bush grows in dense, thick, raspberry-like thickets. The canes arise from a woody crown, often buried in a moss-covered mat. On dry sites, the bushes reach 1.5 meters tall, but sometimes, in the rain forests on the coasts of Vancouver Island, monster salmonberries can reach more than 4 meters high. My wife and I love riding our bikes in the spring ( although we ride year-round) and stopping to eat these sweet, delicious berries until we can eat no more. They are absolutely delicious. Read More….
Sea Blush grows from Coastal BC including all of Vancouver Island down as far as Northern California. The flower has erect slender stems with clasping leaves, the leaves are widely oval with pointed tips. The flower is a round cluster of dark pink flowers that bloom on the stem top. Read More….
The Self Heal Flower grows on all of the BC coast. This plant is known as a heal-all plant. Self-heal is related to the mint plant and like any of the mints, once you plant it, you never have to plant it again. The plant spreads by underground stems that spread in every direction. It grows like a weed, but it’s far from being a problem, it is one of natures great plants. Read More….
The dried roots of silverweed were ground into a kind of flour and used in bread making. The leaves were used to soothe aching feet. Silverweed was made into a tea-like infusion and used to cure menstrual cramps and indigestion and if honey is added it can be used as a gargle for the easing of sore throats. The silverweed has also been used to treat mouth ulcers, toothache, jaundice and stomach problems, piles, eye inflammation and many more medicinal uses. Read More….
The Skunk Cabbage flower is a perennial plant up to 50 cm tall, a member of the arum family, it has large, cabbage-like leaves that surround a bright yellow flower, it has a disagreeable smell. The large tuberous rootstock produces fleshy roots and heart-shaped, cabbage-like leaves on thick stalks. Numerous small, purple flowers grow on a small, oval, fleshy spike covered by a purple and yellowish-green, hood. Read More….
Slender Speedwell was introduced to North America by the settlers and now is considered to be an invasive plant. It forms thick mats that spread by vegetative propagation instead of seed and this means that if you have slender speedwell in your lawn, every time you cut the grass, you spread the plant. Read More….
Small Ground Cone
Small Ground Cone plants look just like pine cones, and that is why it is called a ground cone. It is common on the BC coast, l have seen them growing out on rocky coastal bluffs, in coniferous forests, and in alder groves. They can be from yellow to purple in color. Lacking chlorophyll, it cannot synthesize carbohydrates for itself so the plant is entirely parasitic, getting its nutrition from other living plants, preferring alders and the salal plant but also feeds on other types of plants. Read More….
There are few plants like the Snowberry Plant. They are laden with such beautiful white berries. It is a beautiful looking plant with an enchanting quality about it. The small clusters of pink flowers that bloom in the spring will become the snow-white berries that will last on the plant until near spring. In this way, they offer great fall and winter interest. The berries are quite fetching, they seem to float lightly in the air, all about the plant. Read More….
Stinging nettle Bush is the name given to common nettle, garden nettle, and hybrids of these two plants. Originally from the colder regions of northern Europe and Asia, this herbaceous shrub grows all over the world today. The entire plant is covered with tiny stiff hairs, mostly on the underside of the leaves and stem, that release stinging chemicals when touched. Read More….
The Sword Fern is a large perennial that grows from a crown to form a spread out clump of ferns. The crown consists of a mass of rhizomes buried in reddish-brown scales. Roots explore the soil from the rhizome. In a mature well-established clump the mass of the crown may reach 0.5 m or more in diameter. On Vancouver Island, the sword fern is dominantly a coastal species, occurring on the whole Island. The range extends across extreme southern B.C. and adjacent Washington, Idaho and in the southeastern part of the province. Read More….