Carolina Meadow-foxtail

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Alopecurus carolinianus [Red-listed] Annual (or winter annual) tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems 10-30 (40) cm tall. Found in wet to moist vernal pools, roadsides and meadows in the lowland zone. Rare on South Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Coast Manroot

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Marah oregana [Endangered/ Red-List] Gardeners will quickly recognize this rare plant’s place in the squash family and it’s unlikely to be confused with anything else.

Geyer’s Onion

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Allium geyeri var. tenerum [Blue-listed] Unmistakable with tiny bulbs replacing some of the flowers, this rare onion employs two strategies to survive in it’s harsh environment, releasing both seed and small plantlets.

Green-sheath Sedge

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Carex feta [Blue-listed] This aptly named sedge occurs in a variety of wet habitats from ditches to vernal seeps, and has recently been planted as part of the Blackburn Lake wetland restoration project.

Gray’s Desert Parsley

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Allium geyeri var. tenerum [Threatened/Red-listed] On the Southern Gulf Islands, this plants best defence is its choice of habitat. Steep cliffs and protected grassland pockets keep away most of the browsing deer that target the young flowering stems.

Heterocodon

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Heterocodon rariflora [Blue-listed] Count yourself lucky if you come across the small, blue flowers on this tiny bluebell; most of the time it produces inconspicuous greenish flowers that self-pollinate.

Leafless Wintergreen

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Pyrola aphylla [Blue-listed] True to its name, this conspicuous wintergreen was recognized by early botanists but later included within the variation of whiteveined wintergreen (P. picta).

Ozette Coralroot

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Corallorhiza maculata var. ozettensis [Red-listed] Though this orchid’s existence in British Columbia was known for many years, it was only officially added to the provincial checklist in 2014 and considered rare.

Phantom Orchid

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Cephalanthera austiniae [Threatened / Red-listed] This striking orchid completely lacks chlorophyll and instead makes it’s living sharing nutrients with fungi that break down organic matter.

Poison Oak

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Toxicodendron diversilobum [Blue-listed] A good rare plant to recognize so you can avoid it! Poison oak causes an itchy rash upon contact that is even worse than its close relative poison ivy.

Poverty Clover

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Trifolium depauperatum var. depauperatum [Blue-listed] The strongly inflated flowers distinguish it from our other annual clovers that grow in wet areas and give the plant another common name, balloon clover.

Scalepod

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Idahoa scapigera [Blue-listed] One of our earliest flowering plants with small white blooms in February, it’s easier seen later in the spring when the large circular pods develop.

Slimleaf Onion

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Allium amplectens [Blue-listed] At the northern extent of its range, this showy onion is known from scattered sites on South Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Sunshine Coast.

Winecup Clarkia

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Clarkia purpurea ssp. quadrivulnera [Red-Listed] At the northern extent of it’s range in British Columbia, winecup clarkia grows on hot, grassy slopes with some spring seepage.

White Fairypoppy

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Meconella oregana [Endangered/ Red-listed] One of our rarest and most threatened plants, this delicate annual is known from a half-dozen sites on South Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

White-lip Rein Orchid

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Piperia candida [Red-listed] Despite its broad range, Alaska to California, this rare orchid is still known from less than a dozen sites in British Columbia. On Salt Spring Island, it is so far only reported from one location where it occurs in a dry Douglas-fir and arbutus forest.

Yellow Montane Violet

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Viola praemorsa ssp. praemorsa [Endangered/ Red-listed] One of our rarest plants associated with the local Garry oaks, this violet shares the same threats as the oaks, primarily habitat loss through succession and development.