Brief Introduction to Three Natives Plants of the Pacific Northwest
Updated: Apr 15, 2020
In the last few weeks In Harmony in Nature we have been planting some of the Pacific Northwest native plants. This time, we would like to share some videos on Oregon Grape, Blue Camas, a beautiful flower, and Stonecrop, a succulent.
We are very grateful to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, as Artists in Residence with the Hastings Community Centre we have been able to expand our relations in nature. We also want to recognize the gift of been able to grow these plants in the community garden at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre.
We want to acknowledge these three plants are traditionally used by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon grape is well spread around Vancouver and the mainland. One of its most recognizable characteristics are its spiny leaflets, which might resemble those of the holly; within the Spring season we can enjoy its yellow flowers formed in dense clusters. To the brilliant flowers follow the dusty purplish berries, which can be eaten raw after the season’s first frost.
Oregon grape have traditionally been used by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Its bark and roots are natural dyes; its fruits make a delicious jelly.
The Blue Camas, rich in tradition and history, it grows from seeds, flowery in 2-4 years.
Its bulbs are an important food source for the Pacific Northwest indigenous peoples, and they also were integral part of their trading culture.
There are several Stonecrop natives to the Pacific Northwest. Their miniature height and solid appearance require a closer approach; for their observation we better get on our knees. They flower in different tones of yellows, attracting the pollinators.