Annual · Drought Resistance · Vancouver Island Native

Matricaria discoidea

Scientific name: Matricaria discoidea Family: ASTERACEAE Common names: “Pineapple weed” “disk mayweed” Plant Type: Annual Conditions: Zone: 6-9 Light: Full sun Exposure: Exposed Soil: Rocky soil -gravel driveways and concrete cracks, tolerates compacted clay soil, doesn’t do well in cultivated fertile soils Moisture: Average – dry Aesthetic: Plant Size: 3-12″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Deeply divided into… Continue reading Matricaria discoidea

Weeds & Invasive Plants

Ulex europaeus

Scientific name: Ulex europaeus Family: PAPILIONACEAE Common names: “Gorse” “European furze” “thorn broom” Evergreen shrub, invasive weed Root system: Branching taproot Conditions: Soil: Grows best in poor sandy, infertile acidic soils Moisture: Well drained – drought Light: Full sun Location: Exposed or sheltered, seaside conditions Aesthetic: Size:  4-7′ H & W, fast growing Leaf and Stem shape: Very spiny… Continue reading Ulex europaeus

Bulbs · Fragrant Flowers · Mediterranean

Hyacinthus orientalis

Scientific name: Hyacinthus orientalis Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Hyacinth” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 3-7 Light: Full sun Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Organically rich, fertile soils Moisture: Moist well drained, avoid excessive winter wet Aesthetic: Plant Size: 8-12″ H & W Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy, broadly strap-shaped leaves Flower: Highly fragrant flowers with recurved petals in all… Continue reading Hyacinthus orientalis

Beneficial Insects! · Biennial · Perennial

Anthriscus sylvestris

Scientific name: Anthriscus sylvestris Family: APIACEAE Common names: “Queen Anne’s lace” “cow parsley” “deil’s meal” “keck” “mock chervil” “wild chervil” Plant Type: Biennial or short lived perennial Conditions: Zone: 6-9 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Average, tolerates clay Moisture: Evenly moist – well drained, doesn’t like drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 3-5′… Continue reading Anthriscus sylvestris

Annual · Biennial · Edible · Herb Garden

Anthriscus cerefolium

Scientific name: Anthriscus cerefolium Family: APIACEAE Common names: “Chervil” “garden chervil” “hedge parsley” Plant Type: Annual or Biennial Conditions: Zone: 3 -6-9 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Sheltered Soil: Cultivated sandy soil with less clay Moisture: Evenly moist – well drained, no drought Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 12-18″ W 9-12″ Leaf and Stem shape: Pinnate leaves… Continue reading Anthriscus cerefolium

Beneficial Insects! · Bulbs · Deer Resistant Plants! · Fragrant Flowers

Muscari armeniacum

Scientific name: Muscari armeniacum Synonym: Muscari colchicum, Muscari cyaneo-violaceum, Muscari polyanthum, Muscari steupii, Muscari svovitzianum, Muscari szovitsianum Family: ASPARAGACEAE Common names: “Armenian grape hyacinth” “blue bells” Plant Type: Bulb Conditions: Zone: 4-8 Light: Full sun – part shade Exposure: Exposed or Sheltered Soil: Average, handles clay Moisture: Moist well drained Aesthetic: Plant Size: H 6-9″ W 3-6″ Leaf and Stem shape: Narrow, arching… Continue reading Muscari armeniacum