Hello Native Plant Lovers!

We are excited to have recently added two amazing BC native plants to our native plant section: Corydalis scouleri and Xerophyllum tenax. These are natives you won't find commonly in other native plant selections.

Corydalis scouleri is a relative of the blue-flowered Asian species, C. flexuosa and C. elata, that are so popular in spring for a low carpet of blue topping ferny foliage. Scouler's corydalis or fumewort certainly has ferny foliage but these large leaves held on tall plants growing to 3 feet tall. This beautiful, lacy foliage is topped right now in my garden with mid to deep pink wands of intriguing fumewort flowers. Our plants come from my garden, where I've had it growing for more than a decade. Clumps expand each year at a reasonable, though not invasive, pace. Corydalis scouleri is found only on southern Vancouver Island south through Washington and Oregon. And it could be found in your garden too, if you should so decide!


Corydalis scouleri in my garden. These plants are 2-3 feet high and are blooming now.

The second plant which is really quite a stunning species is bear grass, Xerophyllum tenax. I was lucky enough to see large patches of this dramatic species in the Kootenays many years ago in full bloom with its wands of white flowers above its mounds of thin, grass-like foliage. Bear grass will take a few years to reach flowering size in the garden. Until that reward comes along you'll have an attractive mound of evergreen foliage reminiscent of a thin-leaved Carex (sedge). Though bear grass can be found on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State it is found in BC only in the south east in the Kootenays and the Rockies. It too could also be found in your garden. You know what to do. :-) Provide good winter drainage in coastal gardens as this plant often grows in rocky soils on mountain slopes.


Xerophyllum tenax, bear grass in full flower. Picture from Wikipedia.

I've included our list of native plants from the last Native Plant Alert for your reference below. They are popular this year and some are getting close to sold out so please come in soon. We don't have that many images on our website but you can check out E-Flora BC to see them all.

See you soon at the nursery!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

Native Plants in Stock Now

Achlys triphylla - Vanilla Leaf
Adiantum pedatum - Maidenhair Fern
Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion
Allium cernuum 'Album' - White Nodding Onion
Anaphalis margaritacea - Pearly Everlasting
Amelanchier alnifolia - Interior Serviceberry
Aquilegia formosa - Sitka Columbine
Aruncus dioicus - Goat's Beard
Asarum caudatum - Wild Ginger
Brodiea coronaria - Crown Brodiaea
Brodiea (Tritileia) hyacinthina - White Triteleia
Camassia quamish - Camas Lily
Camassia leichtlini - Great Camas
Castilleja hispidata - Indian Paintbrush
Corydalis scouleri - Scouler's Corydalis/Fumewort
Disporum hookeri
- Hooker's Fairybels
Dodecatheon hendersonii - Henderson's Shooting Star
Dodecatheon meadia - Shooting Star
Erythronium oreganum - White Fawn Lily
Erythronium grandiflorum - Yellow Avalanche Lily
Fritillaria affinis - Checker Lily
Lilium columbianum - Tiger Lily
Linnaea borealis -Twinflower
Lomatium nudicale - Barestem Desert-Parsley
Lysichiton americanum - Skunk Cabbage
Maianthemum dilatatum - False Lily-of-the-Valley
Mahonia repens - Creeping Oregon Grape
Maianthemum racemosum - False Solomon's Seal
Maianthemum stellatum - Star-Flowered False Solomon's Seal
Matteucia struthiopteris - Ostrich Fern
Mimulus guttatus - Monkey Flower
Mitella breweri - Brewer's Mitrewort
Opuntia fragilis - Fragile Cactus
Penstemon davidsonii - Davidson's Penstemon
Penstemon fruticosus - Shrubby Penstemon
Penstemon ovatus - Broad-Leaved Penstemon
Penstemon procerus - Small-Flowered Penstemon
Penstemon serrulatus - Coast Penstemon
Polypodium glycyrrhiza - Licorice Fern
Polypodium scouleri - Scouler's Polypody Fern
Polystichum munitum - Sword Fern
Rosa nutkana - Nootka Rose
Sidalcea hendersonii - Henderson's Checker-Mallow
Stachys cooleyae - Cooley's Hedge Nettle
Streptopus amplexifolius - Clasping Twistedstalk
Trientalis latifolia - Northern Starflower
Trillium ovatum - Western Trillium
Vaccinium membranaceum - Black Huckleberry
Vaccinium parvifolium - Red Huckleberry
Xerophyllum tenax - Bear Grass
Adiantum pedatum - Maidenhair Fern
 
 
 
 
Camassia quamish - Camas Lily
 
 
 
Polypodium scouleri - Scouler's Polypody Fern

 


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