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Coast Manroot

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Coast Manroot Marah oregana

Gardeners will quickly recognize this rare plant’s place in the squash family and it’s unlikely to be confused with anything else. It becomes common further south, however in BC it is only known from Saannich Inlet, Salt Spring, Thetis, and Pender Islands. It’s commonly thought to have been introduced here by First Peoples and early settlers who used it to treat a variety of ailments.

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  • Red list
  • Endangered