A tall perennial to 1m, with a white ovoid bulb, up to 5cm in diameter, composed of thick, fleshy scales, like garlic cloves. The stem is slender, with many whorls of narrow, lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are large, showy, bright orange, with deep red or purple spots near the centre, the petals curl backward. The flowers are few to many at the top of the stem. Prefers a partly shaded site with shrub or perennial cover that will keep the soil cool and moist but allow the lily stalk to emerge into the sunlight. Gives a lovely show in a herbaceous border as a background to lower growing plants. Photo by Moralea Milne. Click here for propagation information.
Small yellow flowers form compact heads on stalks of unequal lengths. The leaves are not fern-like but are composed of well-defined leaflets. Potentially useful ornamental for the sunny to lightly shaded dry rock garden. Important nectar source for many butterflies. Prized for its nutritional and medicinal qualities. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
A hairless or short-hairy perennial from a long, fairly slender taproot with leafy stems. It reaches 10-60 cm. in height. Produces small bright yellow flowers from early spring to midsummer. Some of the leaves are basal, but most are on the stem. They are soft, lacy and many times dissected into small, very narrow segments (fern-like). The leaf stalks are abruptly inflated and sheathing at the base. Suitable ornamental for a border or rockery in full sun to light shade in combination with common camas and shooting stars. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Annual herb, 10 – 45 cm tall. Blue/white pea-like flowers (to 7 mm long) in short clusters; palmately compound leaves, seed pods to 3 cm long. Flowers April - May. Grows in open, gravelly and sandy sites, dry to moderately dry. Lupines fix nitrogen and fertilize poor soils. Photo by Moralea Milne. Click here for propagation information.
Low-growing (10-25 cm tall) perennial from slender, branched, creeping rhizomes. Smooth, heart-shaped leaves up to 10 cm long, usually 2 per stem. Cylindrical shaped terminal clusters of small, white, delicately perfumed flowers stand above the leaves. Fruit is small, round, pale green /mottled berry which turns dark red. Requires moist, humus rich soils that don’t totally dry out in summer. Takes short periods of water-logged soil in winter. Good for use as ground cover in woodland areas or under shrubs. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Annual herb, stems leafy, slender, nearly hairless to somewhat glandular-hairy, simple or freely branched, 5-30 cm tall. Yellow flowers with a reddish-brown blotch on the lower lip that resembles a monkey’s face. Showy plant for a moist, semi-shady rockery. Photo by Chris Junck. Click here for propagation information.
Tufted perennial herb, 15 – 30 cm tall with greyish-green, grass-like leaves. Flowers are purple with a satiny sheen, up to 4 cm across and very showy. Plant in well-drained soils in full sun. One of the showiest early spring flowers. Wonderful for sunny rock gardens, low borders, planters, and meadows. Photo by Dave Polster. Click here for propagation information.
Slender hairless perennial from a tuberous-thickened root; stems leafy, solitary, 40-120 cm tall. Leaves several, well-distributed along the stem, once or sometimes twice pinnately divided into long, narrow segments, leaf stalks sheathing basally. Small white or pinkish flowers. Requires well-drained, sunny, nitrogen-medium soils. Photo by Moralea Milne. Click here for propagation information.
Perennial with leaves at the base and a flower stalk up to 70 cm tall. Flowers white to pale green. Likes sunshine. Found in dry to seasonally moist grassy meadows and rocky slopes at low elevations and prefers coarse-textured soil. Photo courtesy of City of Victoria. Click here for propagation information.
Perennial herb with yellow flowers 10 – 25 mm wide. One of over 30 species of native buttercups in our region. Grows to 40 cm tall. Blooms March – July. Excellent choice as a meadow companion to camas. Grows best in full sun, but tolerates some shade. Dry to moist sites. Photo by Rob Hagel. Click here for propagation information.