Native Plants of British Columbia

kalmiamicrophylla (300x298)Kalmia microphylla – The Western Bog Laurel is a sparsely branched evergreen shrub usually found in acidic bogs or moist alpine meadows. The tiny pink flowers are held terminally and emerge from pleated buds – these are produced from May to June. It has thin dark green leaves with a white indumentum on the reverse. Grows 12-36″ high by 12-20″ wide. Zone 3.

ledumgroenlandicum (300x293)Ledum groenlandicum (syn. L. latifolium) – Although Labrador Tea is now classified as Rhododendron groenlandicum, you are likely to find it being sold under the old name. It is native throughout northern North America and Greenland and features late spring white flowers and slender dark green leaves with a rusty brown reverse. Grows 2-4′ tall by 3-4′ wide. Zone 2.

delphiniumnuttallii (295x300)Delphinium nuttallii – Nuttall’s Larkspur is named after naturalist Thomas Nuttall and is only found in the BC interior, although it is coastal in Washington and Oregon. It flowers from May to June with spires of deep purplish-blue over finely cut basal leaves. Native to coastal bluffs and rocky meadows. Self seeding annual or short-lived perennial. Grows 12-24″ high. Hardy to zone 4.

nativelimnanthes (300x298)Limnanthes douglasii – Poached Egg Plant is a self-seeding annual which is found in many BC gardens but is actually a native of Oregon and California. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with fragrant 1″ wide white blooms with a prominent yellow center, hence the common name. Finely cut lime green foliage. Grows 6-12″ high by 6″ wide (in mass). Zone 5.

plectritiscongesta (300x292)Plectritis congesta – Sea Blush is another self-seeding annual found in moist meadows and the coastal forests of Vancouver Island. It is a member of the Valerian family and features bright to pale pink chive-like blooms from April to June. These are borne over rounded mid green leaves with an opposite arrangement. Grows 4-24″ high by 4-6″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

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