Native Plants

These are some of the native plants that we have in the parks of North Saanich.  
Native Plants:
1. Contribute to biodiversity
2. Food source for local wildlife and birds
3. Keeps the soil healthy and fertile


Sword Fern

(Polystichum munitum)

Sword fern is a very common evergreen plant that loves fertile soils and shady areas. 


Oregon Grape 

(Mahonia nervosa) 

Dull Oregon Grape is an understory plant. It provides food for birds. The leaves have sharp edges. 



(Symphoricarpos albus)

Snowberry is a very common deciduous shrub. It provides habitat and food for birds. All parts of this plant including the berries are poisonous. Snowberry is actually considered an invasive native. It is native to the island but it does have a tendency to take over.  


Indian Plum

(Oemleria cerasiformis)

Indian Plums are tall deciduous shrubs with an early bloom. The male and female flowers are usually on different shrubs making insects very important in the reproduction of this species. The leaves are one of the first to unfold in the spring. 


Salmon Berry

(Rubus spectabilis)

Salmon Berry has a very similar look to a raspberry. It blooms early in the spring with beautiful pink flowers. It is an early food source for hummingbirds and insects. There are prickles that cover the stem. 



(Gaultheria shallon)

Salal is an evergreen shrub that can reach up to 2 meters tall in the understory. Salal has tiny flowers that are in a row and pointed down. The berries are blue, hairy and edible. 


Western Trillium

(Trillium ovatum)

The Trillium is a delicate flower that blooms in early March. The white flowers turn pink and purple with age. Ants play a large role in seed dispersal.


Orange Honeysuckle 

(Lonicera ciliosa)

Orange honeysuckle or the Western Trumpet honeysuckle is a deciduous vine. The flowers which are trumpet shaped, collect nectar at the base. The nectar attracts hummingbirds and insects. 



(Holodiscus discolor)

Oceanspray is a deciduous scrub that can grow up to 5 meters tall. It provides excellent habitat for the birds and animals. The large clumps of flowers attract numerous insects and once dried, the tiny seeds from the flowers attract birds.

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