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Baldhip rose (Rosa gymnocarpa), one of the gorgeous native species that grows in Pacific Spirit Regional Park and provides food to bees, butterflies and other critters.

Baldhip rose (Rosa gymnocarpa), one of the gorgeous native species that grows in Pacific Spirit Regional Park and provides food to bees, butterflies and other critters.

On this day,  I was lucky enough to see a barred owl in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. A reminder that I am a guest in his neighbourhood.

On this day, I was lucky enough to see a barred owl in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. A reminder that I am a guest in his neighbourhood.

Maianthemum racemosum (false Solomon's-seal)

Maianthemum racemosum (false Solomon's-seal)

Aquilegia formosa (Red Columbine) // seeds available at NALT

Aquilegia formosa (Red Columbine) // seeds available at NALT

It may not look at that special, but these plants are part of an endangered plant community in BC that exist only in sand dune ecosystems. In the southwest corner of the province, that is rare indeed.   The spiky headed plant is called large-headed sedge; the one with the gorgeous purple-pink flowers is beach pea.

It may not look at that special, but these plants are part of an endangered plant community in BC that exist only in sand dune ecosystems. In the southwest corner of the province, that is rare indeed. The spiky headed plant is called large-headed sedge; the one with the gorgeous purple-pink flowers is beach pea.

Trientalis latifolia.(Pacific Starflower) groundcover, clumps must be dense in order to self-propagate indefinitely. //Streamside

Trientalis latifolia.(Pacific Starflower) groundcover, clumps must be dense in order to self-propagate indefinitely. //Streamside

Corn mint -- leaves may be dried or used fresh in herbal teas or culinary dishes. The herb may also be used to help repel rodents and insects. Native American tribes traditionally used wild mint to treat a wide variety of health concerns including fevers, flu, pneumonia, headaches, heart issues, colds and diarrhea.

Corn mint -- leaves may be dried or used fresh in herbal teas or culinary dishes. The herb may also be used to help repel rodents and insects. Native American tribes traditionally used wild mint to treat a wide variety of health concerns including fevers, flu, pneumonia, headaches, heart issues, colds and diarrhea.

Urtica dioica (Stinging nettle) visit for identifiers

Urtica dioica (Stinging nettle) visit for identifiers

Dicentra formosa (pacific bleeding heart) woodland shade tolerant 10 to 20 inches // available Streamside

Dicentra formosa (pacific bleeding heart) woodland shade tolerant 10 to 20 inches // available Streamside

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