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Flowers and Decorative Plants


Flowers are important not only for aesthetics, but to provide a diverse smorgasbord that encourages pollinators in your garden! It is somewhat arbitrary to divide flowers into annuals and perennials as many which are perennials in their native habitats are annuals here as they will not survive our cold winters. We have put biennials with perennials. Many flowers also have edible parts (flowers, leaves, seeds) and others are considered traditional medicinal plants.

Echinacea – Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower (C) has large (to 4″) purple flowers with drooping petals and a darker raised centre. They bloom in late summer and fall on sturdy 2’—5′ plants. The root is much in demand as an immune system stimulant.

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Echium Russicum

Echium Russicum is a borage relative which forms a rosette of large coarsely hairy leaves from which emerge (in the second year) stout spikes of red flowers a foot or so long. Biennial or perhaps perennial.

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Fleabane Daisy

This Fleabane (either Erigeron glabellis or Erigeron philadelphicus) grows in large numbers in our ditches. It grows about 1′ tall and has an aster-like flower, pink with a yellow centre, at the end of each stem.

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Flat Sea Holly

Flat Sea Holly is a 2′ plant with branching wiry stems, toothed leaves, and rounded steel-blue flower heads with narrow spiny deep blue bracts. Good dried flower.

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Gaillardia – Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower is one of our showiest native species. It is a clump forming plant that has large yellow daisy-like flowers with orange-red highlights. It grows on dry prairies. This is a dwarf cultivated strain.

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Gaillardia – Blanket Flower Wild

Blanket Flower is one of our showiest native species. It is a clump forming plant that has large yellow daisy-like flowers with orange-red highlights. It grows on dry prairies. This is wild gathered seed.

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Lady’s Bedstraw

Lady’s (Yellow) Bedstraw is an English wildflower. On the prairies, our native bedstraws are white-flowered, but this one has many small bright yellow flowers. The plants are mat-forming with weak stems and narrow green leaves. It has been used to curdle milk and colour cheese, especially in Gloucestershire. It is also apparently used as a dye plant, the roots for a red colour, and the flowers for a yellow colour.

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Geranium

Geranium is a sprawling perennial plant 1-2’ high with single flowers in pastel colours. Can be used as a ground cover in partial shade.

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Three Flowered Avens

Three Flowered Avens has mostly basal leaves and a naked stalk bearing three pink flowers. Also called Prairie Smoke due to its feathery mauve seed heads resembling plumes of smoke. Wild gathered seed.

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Baby’s Breath

Baby’s Breath can become a weed as it is long lived, very hardy, and self seeds. It makes a beautiful display of small white flowers which dry very well.

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American Hedysarum

American Hedysarum is about 2’ high with pinnate leaves, and pinkish pea flowers in long racemes. Common on the edge of woods throughout the prairies and parklands. Wild gathered.

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Maximilian’s Sunflower

Maximilian’s Sunflower has stiff upright plants 2’-3’ tall with narrow leaves. Yellow flowers are a bit larger than the preceding species. Common on prairies and along roadsides. Wild gathered.

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Rhombic-Leaved Sunflower

Rhombic-Leaved Sunflower has stiff upright plants 1’-2’ tall with 1”-2” sunflowers with dark centers. Common on prairies and along roadsides. Wild gathered.

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Sweet Rocket

Sweet Rocket is a biennial edible flower that readily self-seeds. Flowers are mostly pinks and whites and are known to give off a lovely scent in the evenings (Hesperis is greek and relates to the evening). Leaves can be used as greens in salads and more (for best flavour, pick leaves before the plant flowers). Other culinary and medicinal uses also possible.

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Alumroot

Alumroot has coarse rounded basal leaves with small purplish flowers near the top of 30 cm flowering stalks. Wild gathered.

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Spotted Hawkweed

Spotted Hawkweed is about 2′ tall, has bright yellow flowers, and dark green leaves with brick-red spots.

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St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is a compact 1’– 1½’ plant producing large numbers of single bright yellow flowers over a long season. Used medicinally for nervous disorders and healing painful joints and muscles. Does not always overwinter here.

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Hyssop

Hyssop has many spikes of dark blue flowers, with the occasional white flowered plant, and is very attractive to bees. Traditionally valued as an antiviral and respiratory system medicinal plant.

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Mountain Hollyhock

Mountain Hollyhock is a BC native that forms a clump about 4′ tall. The large pink saucer-shaped flowers are in racemes and bloom all summer and fall.

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Inula Hirta

Inula Hirta is a small (30 cm- 45 cm) inula with golden yellow flowers. As it has a gently creeping rootstock it can be used as a well-behaved ground cover.

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Iris – Western Blue Flag

Western Blue Flag Iris has bright lilac-blue flowers with darker veins on slender stems to 2′ and grass-like leaves. Likes a moist place to grow. Seed germinates over several months at cool temperatures. Light helps.

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Iris – Siberian

Siberian Iris forms attractive clumps of grass-like foliage with flowers often in shades of blue. Will not bloom unless it has adequate spring moisture. Needs light to germinate. Keep flat warm several months, then try oscillating temperatures.

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Knautia Macedonica

Knautia Macedonica is a close relative of Scabiosa, with maroon scabious-like flower heads on a much branched 2′ plant.

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Lavender

Lavender has grey-green plants with lavender flowers and a delightful fragrance. Cold stratify and likes cool temperatures for germination. A perennial but not always winter hardy in our climate.

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Perennial Yellow Flax

Perennial Yellow Flax is a beautiful clump forming plant with a height between 8-12″. The plants have large leaves for a flax and are covered with 1″ cheerful bright yellow flowers for a long period.

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