Bulbs · Drought Resistance · Edible · Mediterranean · Perennial

Crocus sativus

Scientific name: Crocus sativus Synonym: Crocus sativus var. cashmirianus Family: IRIDACEAE Common names: “Saffron crocus” “blood of Thoth” “St Valentine’s rose” Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial corm Conditions: Zone: 5-8 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Sandy loam, doesn’t like clay Moisture: Well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: 6″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Linear leaves usually with a… Continue reading Crocus sativus

Beneficial Insects! · Edible · Fragrant Flowers · Vine

Apios americana

Scientific name: Apios americana Synonym: Apios tuberosa Family: PAPILIONACEAE, previously FABACEAE Common names: “Groundnut” “potato bean” “hopniss” “Indian potato” “America-hodoimo” “cinnamon vine” Plant Type: Herbaceous vine Conditions: Zone: 3-10 Light: Full sun – light shade Exposure: Sheltered, best with some support Soil: Average – poor Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 4-8′ W indefinite Leaf and Stem… Continue reading Apios americana

Edible · Shrub

Ribes rubrum

Scientific name: Ribes rubrum Family: GROSSULARIACEAE Common names: “Red currant” Plant Type: Deciduous shrub Conditions: Zone: 3-9 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Shelter from strong winds and frost pockets Soil: Organically rich fertile soil Moisture: Evenly moist – average well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 5-7′ W 3-5′ Leaf and Stem shape: Large, soft green, palmately… Continue reading Ribes rubrum

Conifer · Edible · Tree · Vancouver Island Native

Picea sitchensis

Scientific name: Picea sitchensis Family: PINACEAE Common names: “Sitka spruce” “tideland spruce” “coast spruce” “Menzies spruce” Plant Type: Evergreen conifer tree Conditions: Zone: 6-7 Light: Full sun best, cannot grow in shade Exposure: Exposed or sheltered, tolerant of some salt spray Soil: Sandy – average, tolerates poor soil Moisture: Moist-wet Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 60-160′ W 34′… Continue reading Picea sitchensis

Edible · Tree

Castanea sativa

Scientific name: Castanea sativa Synonym: Castanea vesca & Castanea vulgaris Family: FAGACEAE Common names: “Chestnut” “sweet chestnut” “Spanish chestnut” “common chestnut” “Eurasian chestnut” “Sardian nut” “European chestnut” Plant Type: Deciduous tree Conditions: Zone: 4-9 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Sandy loam, acidic – neutral Moisture: Well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 15-60′ W 20-40′ Leaf and Stem shape: Grooved… Continue reading Castanea sativa

Drought Resistance · Fern · Perennial · Vancouver Island Native

Pteridium aquilinum

Scientific name: Pteridium aquilinum Family: DENNSTAEDTIACEAE Common names: “Bracken fern” “Eagle fern” “pasture brake” “fern of God” “adder’s spit” Plant Type: Deciduous perennial fern Conditions: Zone: 3-10 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Sandy peaty acidic, grows well in poor soils Moisture: Moist-wet, drought tolerant once established Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-4′ W… Continue reading Pteridium aquilinum

Edible · Tree

Morus nigra

Scientific name: Morus nigra Family: MORACEAE Common names: “Mulberry” “black mulberry” “Persian mulberry” “sycamine tree Plant Type: Deciduous tree Conditions: Zone: 4-10 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered from cold drying winds Soil: Humus rich fertile soil Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 30-50′ W 30-40′ Leaf and Stem shape: Heart-shaped dark green leaves Flower: Insignificant greenish flowers followed by dark purplish-red… Continue reading Morus nigra