Water Avens

Water Avens

The water aven contains pinkish, purple or yellow bell-shaped flowers, and dark red or dark purple stems that contain many hairs. Mass in borders or rock gardens. Foliage makes an attractive ground cover after bloom.

Blue-eyed Grass

Blue-Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium montanum can be a shy retiring plant at times. They are small perennials only 10-30 cm tall (4-12”), with narrow leaves to 3mm wide (1/8”). They start opening their eyes in early June and continue to look around all through June. They often grow in places with little competition from other plants….

Bog Rosemary

Arctic-tough; garden-pretty. Bog rosemary is a small shrub. The leaves are narrow and inrolled with white hairy undersides. A sharp tip on the leaves distinguishes this species from Kalmia polyfolia (bog sheep laurel), another small ericaceous shrub which can occur in the same habitat. Bog rosemary has pink, bell shaped flowers.

Canada Anemone

Canada anemone is an easy to maintain and hardy perennial ground cover that produces lovely white buttercup flowers. Because of its rapid growth and adaptability, it would be an ideal choice for those hard to grow open spaces in your garden. A showy, spring wildflower for naturalizing in moist areas of a wildflower or native…

Wild Leek

Allium tricoccum (commonly known as ramp, ramson, wild leek, or wood leek) is a North American species of wild onion widespread across eastern Canada They are one of the earliest wild edible plants to emerge in spring. Historically ramps were regarded as a spring tonic and early settlers relied on their restorative qualities after a long…

Canada Violet

In the Violaceae (violet) family, this perennial plant grows from a short rhizome with fibrous roots, forming clumps, and it spreads by stolons. This is a plant that tends to grow in abundance in hardwood forests (beech-birch-maple or maple-basswood-ash type), usually with sugar maple as a dominant species. Mass in shaded areas of woodland gardens,…

White Trillium

The white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), also known as the wake-robin and the white lily, was officially adopted as Ontario’s floral emblem in 1937. The white trillium blooms in late April and May. The blooms are very sensitive to light, and the white flowers usually bend toward the sun as it moves across the sky. Contrary…

Purple Trillium

The red trillium, also known as the wake robin, sports the traditional three petal design while instead of clean linen white petals it sports deep maroon red blooms. This spring blooming flower prefers acidic soil. Indigenous groups used the root of Purple Trillium as an aid to childbirth. The whole plant was made into a…

Pipsissewa, Prince’s Pine

Pipsissewa is a small perennial flowering plant found in a wide variety of soils and soil moisture regimes, but normally in dry woodlands, or sandy soils. It is native throughout the cool temperate. Pipsissewa was widely used in Indigenous botanical medicine. Bioassays demonstrate its antifungal and antioxidant properties.


A jewel of the spring shade garden. Plant close enough to a path that the small flowers can be enjoyed up close. This plant has a 20 to 45 cm long hairy stem. It bears two opposite leaves near the middle of the stem. There are other leaves, with long stalks, near the base of…

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