Plants with National Botanical Significance in Canada: Goldenseal, an Ontario Species at Risk

Plants with National Botanical Significance in Canada: Goldenseal, an Ontario Species at Risk

Endangered species, such as the iconic panda, get all the attention. In Canada, Hydrastis canadensis or goldenseal has been in decline since the late 1800s. It is now under threat, but it garners little attention. Maybe that’s because it is a plant and not a golden seal. Goldenseal, a plant with national botanical significance in…

Have You Ever Tried Buffaloberry Ice Cream?

Have You Ever Tried Buffaloberry Ice Cream?

The flowering season has passed for Canadian Buffaloberry, but as the summer winds down, keep an eye open for its distinctive orange or red fruits. Buffaloberry – Shepherdia canadensis – is a deciduous shrub, growing 1-3 metres tall with erect to slightly spreading stems. The inconspicuous flowers appear in spring before the leaves have opened….

Appui inconditionnel au projet Canadensis

Appui inconditionnel au projet Canadensis

J’aimerais apporter mon appui inconditionnel au projet “Canadensis – Le Jardin du Canada”, projet élaboré et soutenu par la “Société du Jardin Botanique Canadensis” depuis de nombreuses années déjà. Comme vous le savez, le Canada est l’un des rares pays au monde et le seul du G20 à ne pas pouvoir offrir à ses citoyens…

Canada Goldenrod: Much Maligned and Misjudged

Canada Goldenrod: Much Maligned and Misjudged

The Canada goldenrod is scientifically known as Solidago Canadensis. Other common names of the flower are Giant Goldenrod, Tall Goldenrod, and Rough. The plant has a bad reputation for causing allergy symptoms during the summer. However, the culprit for hay fever is wind-pollinated plants, which this goldenrod is not. The bountiful swarm of insects found…

Happy Canada Violet Day

Happy Canada Violet Day

Why not look for a Canadian Violet on Canada Day? This activity can be safely undertaken during a pandemic. The Canadian Violet is a breathtaking perennial with blossoming white petals. Many of the upper 2 petals are tinged with purple and cupped by heart-shaped basal leaves. This forb is fragrantly perfumed and also known to…

Have You Seen the Blooming Anemone Canadensis Yet?

Have You Seen the Blooming Anemone Canadensis Yet?

The Canadian Anemone is a gorgeous, spring-blooming herbaceous perennial, native to North America. It’s easily identified by an impressive cluster of upward-facing white flowers. Their bright yellow center sits on stalked, elongated branches, bending a bit too easily in the wind. Have you seen them? I admire them each morning when I walk my retriever…