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A diverse array of long lived non woodies of many genera for foliage, fragrance and flower.

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Achlys triphylla
Achlys triphylla (Vanilla Leaf)
Our Price: $4.50

A lovely near carefree herbaceous ground cover with three broad soft green leaves gracefully wave in the slightest breeze. Spikes of small white flowers which look like mini feather dusters are held above the foliage in mid-late May. Quite a sight when growing in large colonies. Spreads by seed and by rhizomes. Prefers open shady sites with humus rich soil. Drought tolerant when established. Being a native plant, it co-evolved with our wacky BC coastal climate of rain drenched winters and dry summers.

Allium cernuum (Nodding Wild Onion)
Allium cernuum (Nodding Wild Onion)
Our Price: $3.00

A dear friend introduced me to this native species through her dried culinary herbs.  I've loved it ever since. Good bye chives!  Green tops have a strong but not over powering garlic-chive-onion taste perfect fresh and keeps its flavour when dried.  Perfect for flavouring veggie dips topping soups, stews and much more. I haven't used the slender bulbs yet as we're want to expand the plantation.  A lovely plant with nodding ball of nectar filled pink starry flowers. Will spread via offsets and self seeds when happy. Prefers full or semi sun and average garden soil. Mine grow happily intermingled with rosemary and oregano.  Deer resistant. Drought tolerant when establiahed
Aquilegia formosa
Aquilegia formosa (Western Red Columbine)
Our Price: $3.00

This beauty evolved with our climate. Basal rosettes of divided lobed, blue-green leaves on long stems. Scarlet and yellow two toned flowers are held high on tall stalks. Drought resistant. Easy to grow. Found growing all over my garden in wonderful patches from the rose bed to the strawberry patch. Flower stalks can reach 1m above basal leaves.

Arisaema consanguineum
Arisaema consanguineum (Himalaya Cobra Lily)
Our Price: $3.50

Slender tall plant with mottled snake skin patterned stems. Spathe is purple brown with narrow white stripes the elongated hood tapers to a long thread. Single leaf is divided into 12 or so leaflets that too end with long fine points. Makes dime sized corms in its first year. One of the hardiest and easiest to grow Arisaema. Wonderful in the shade garden. Spathe withers to reveal green berries that ripen to a bright scarlet. Nearly all Arisaema species are gendered, but its interesting to note Arisaema are capable of changing their sex even in mid season. Small plants are usually male until the corm reaches sufficient size thus carbohydrate stores to support seed production then it becomes female! One of the very few plants capable of 'switching'.

Arisaema sikokianum
Arisaema sikokianum (Japanese Cobra Lily)
Our Price: $5.50

An extremely dramatic plant. In early spring, a mottled pinkish purple spike emerges to gradually unfurl leaves and a purple & green spathe and pure white mat textured spadix that is truly breath taking. I acquired one and quickly learned that I needed (not wanted) more! Dark green leaves can be marked with silver. Doesn't take up much space so its great for small and large gardens. Does well in containers too, but they must accommodate a growing plant that can reach 24 cm or more in height.

Arisaema triphyllum
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack in the Pulpit)
Our Price: $3.50

A hardy Jack-in-the-pulpit. Spear like cones emerge and the entire plant unfurls in early spring. Three broad leaflets top stems and flank the spathe, which ranges in colour from purple, blotches of purple and green, to a clear bright green. Within lies a spongy spadix where at the base are the flowering parts of this gendered plant. If the plants are female, bright red berry clusters will add colour in the late summer. Needs spring moisture but is summer drought tolerant when established. Transplants well. Colonies will grow via offsets and by seed. A great addition for a shady woodland garden.

Asarum hartwegii  (Hartweg's wild ginger)
Asarum hartwegii (Hartweg's wild ginger)
Our Price: $3.50

A lovely evergreen wild ginger with heart shaped dark green leathery leaves with contrasting silver colouring along the main veining creating a series of intricate arches. Greenish flowers have dark maroon striping like flowers terminate in three long whiskers, but these are often held under the foliage unseen unless you get down on our hands and knees. Makes a large colony over time via short rhizomes and self seeding.

Calochortus albus wiki source
Calochortus albus (Globe Tulip)
Our Price: $3.50

A stunning early spring blooming species with nodding globe like flowers.  Blooms range in colour from ivory (with or without carmine marking) to carmine.  Each arching stem can carry up to 10 of these incredibly lovely toothed edged flowers.  Co-evolved with our wet winters and dry summers, so becomes naturally dormant in summer to survive the drought, so provide such conditions in order for the plant to thrive (similarly to our native Fritillaria).
Calochortus monophyllus wiki source
Calochortus monophyllus
Our Price: $3.75

Yellow star tulip/yellow cat's ears lily. By either name this unique dwarf beauty stands out among the spring with its bright yellow tulip like blooms. Up close the inner surface of the inner petals are densely furred. Often a dark red blotch marks the petal base. Outer tepals are smooth. From the western foothill woodlands of the Sierra Nevada. Prefers partial shade and well draining soils. Intolerant of wet soils.
Calochortus surperbus wiki source
Calochortus surperbus
Our Price: $3.75

Aka superb mariposa lily. Large (10cm) white flowers sometimes tinted pink or mauve. The lower 1/3 of the petals are marked with a swirl of orange, with dark red blotch within a yellow blotch. Fine red 'hair' on the inner petals assist with pollination when the bees visit. Unique. Perhaps one of the easiest Calochortus to grow. Needs moist cool conditions in the fall, winter and early spring and summer drought.
   
 
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