Attracts Hummingbirds! · Beneficial Insects! · Herb Garden · Perennial

Leonotis leonurus

Scientific name: Leonotis leonurus Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: “Lion’s tale” “wild dagga” “lion’s ear” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, tropical broadleaf evergreen shrub, grown as an annual Conditions: Zone: 8-11 Light: Full sun best – light shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average fertility, not fussy Moisture: Well drained – evenly moist Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-6′ W… Continue reading Leonotis leonurus

Moss and Lichen · Vancouver Island Native

Usnea spp.

Scientific name: Usnea spp. Family: PARMELIACEAE Common names: “Old man’s beard” “tree moss” Plant Type: Lichen, not a plant but a fungus/algae Conditions: Zone:1-11, varies between spp. Light: Dappled shade – deep shade Soil: Grows on trees and rocks, doesn’t like air pollution Moisture: Prefers well ventilated forest with regular rainfall Aesthetic: Plant Size: 2-4″ H &… Continue reading Usnea spp.

Perennial · Tropical

Salvia divinorum

Scientific name: Salvia divinorum Family: LAMIACEAE Common names: “Salvia” “ska pastora” “la Maria” “Diviner’s sage” Plant Type: Tropical, tender perennial Conditions: Zone: 10-12 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Sandy – fertile soil Moisture: Evenly moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 1-6′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Large leaves and a distinctive thick, hollow, square… Continue reading Salvia divinorum

Edible · Herb Garden · Perennial

Cannabis sativa

Scientific name: Cannabis sativa Synonym: Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis Family: CANNABACEAE Common names: “Cannabis” “hemp” “marijuana””ganja” “grass” “weed” “pot” Plant Type: Perennial or short lived shrub, grown as an annual Conditions: Zone: 7-11 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Nitrogen rich, fertile best, tolerant of poor conditions Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid overhead irrigation… Continue reading Cannabis sativa

Cactus · Drought Resistance · Succulent

Lophophora williamsii

Scientific name: Lophophora williamsii Synonym: Ariocarpus williamsii, Echinocactus lewinii,  Echinocactus williamsii, Lophophora texana, Peyoti zacatensis Family: CACTACEAE Common names: “Peyote” Plant Type: Evergreen succulent spineless cactus Conditions: Zone: 10-11 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered from cold, exposed to heat and sun Soil: Alkaline cactus mix with additional perlite, or make a perlite pete potting soil mix… Continue reading Lophophora williamsii


Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

Scientific name: Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ Family: CORNACEAE Common names: “Variegated table dogwood” “wedding cake tree” Plant Type: Deciduous tree Conditions: Zone: 5-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Acidic – neutral Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 12-24′ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Tiered branches bearing narrowly ovate leaves with broad… Continue reading Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

Conifer · Tree

Taxodium distichum

Scientific name: Taxodium distichum Family: CUPRESSACEAE, OR TAXODIACEAE Common names: “Common bald cypress” “Swamp cypress” “deciduous cypress” “sabino tree” “southern cypress” “white cypress” Plant Type: Deciduous conifer tree Conditions: Zone: 4-9 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or sheltered Soil: Acidic – average Moisture: Moist, handles poor drainage and wet conditions Aesthetic: Plant Size:… Continue reading Taxodium distichum