These are some of the native plants that we have in the parks of North Saanich.
1. Contribute to biodiversity
2. Food source for local wildlife and birds
3. Keeps the soil healthy and fertile
Sword fern is a very common evergreen plant that loves fertile soils and shady areas.
Dull Oregon Grape is an understory plant. It provides food for birds. The leaves have sharp edges.
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.
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 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.
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.