Native BC Perennials III

nativealliumcernuum (300x290)Allium cernuum – Nodding Wild Onion is native to much of North America and bears umbels of pale to bright rose pink flowers in summer. It is a bulbous perennial with deep green strap-shaped foliage that was once an important food source for first nations. Allium cernuum is a good choice for containers or even rock gardens. Grows 12-24″ high by 12-18″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

nativecalypso (280x300)Calypso bulbosa – This orchid genus of one species is commonly known as Fairy Slipper. It is an herbaceous terrestrial species that produces a rosy-purple flower over a solitary pleated leaf produced from a bulb-like corm (eventually growing in clusters as shown). Best grown in filtered shade with conifer litter or bark mulch added to the soil. Grows 8″ high by 6″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

nativecamassia (300x294)Camassia leichtlinii subsp. suksdorfii – A widespread Camas or Quamash Lily with tall spires of pale blue to purplish-blue starry blooms from April to May over narrow bright green foliage. It prefers a part to full sun exposure with even soil moisture. The cooked bulbs (boiled or roasted) were once an important first nations food source. Grows 2-4′ high by 18″ wide. Zone 6.

nativedod (300x291)Dodecatheon pulchellum (syn. D. amethystinum, D. radicatum) – Pretty Shooting Star is a clump-forming perennial with reflexed deep pink to magenta blooms (with a yellow tube) borne on reddish stems from  mid to late spring (occasionally lasting into summer). Prefers a part to full sun exposure with even soil moisture. Summer dormant. Grows 14″ high by 6″ wide. Zone 5.

nativepetasitesfrigidus (300x298)Petasites frigidus var. palmatus – Western Coltsfoot bears erect stems of white (to pale pink) flower clusters as the foliage emerges in early spring (March). The dark green leaves (up to 15″ wide) are palm-shaped with deep lobes. It is often found growing in forests near streams, as it prefers shade and moist soils. Aggressive spreader. Grows 18-24″ high by 36″+ wide. Zone 5.

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2 Responses to Native BC Perennials III

  1. Amado says:

    Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one
    and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments?
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    • WordPress lets me approve all comments before they are posted. The spammers eventually stop trying to post if they get blocked – but that’s about all that I do. Best of luck. Mike

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