Once a Garry Oak meadow

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  1. Margot

    Margot Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    I'm pretty sure that the hillside where I live would once have been considered a Garry Oak meadow. In the 50 years since houses started being built here and non-native grasses and other plants moved in, the tiny native annuals in particular are seldom seen.
    As I find them, I try to eliminate the competition and give them more room to thrive.
    Some, like Miner's Lettuce and Sea Blush, do too well for my liking but I find room for all.
    Not all these plants are annuals but they all have struggled to survive in challenging conditions.

    2024 Collinsia parviflora and Erythranthe alsinoides.JPG 2024 Dodecatheon hendersonii.JPG 2024 Lithophragma parviflorum and Micranthes integrifolia.JPG
    Blue-eyed Mary & Monkey Flower Shooting Star Small-flowered Woodland Star &
    Whole-leaf Saxifrage

    2024 Collinsia parviflora - 2.JPG 2024 Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata.JPG 2024 Claytonia perfoliata with brown leaves.JPG
    Blue-eyed Mary Miner's Lettuce Brown-leaved Miner's Lettuce
    (These brown-leaved ones started
    showing up 2 or 3 years ago.)

    EDIT: I thought the botanical names would appear beside the photos listed.
    Collinsia parviflora and Erythranthe alsinoides

    Dodecatheon hendersonii

    Lithophragma parviflorum and Micranthes integrifolia

    Collinsia parviflora

    Claytonia perfoliata ssp. perfoliata

    Claytonia perfoliata with brown leaves
     
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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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  3. Margot

    Margot Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    Oh, dear, this is a bit too cryptic for me. Could you please explain?

    I was hoping to hear from you, Ron, about the Claytonia perfoliata (if that is what it is). Have you ever heard of brown-leaved variants?
     
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    Possibly, Claytonia rubra.

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  5. Margot

    Margot Renowned Contributor 10 Years

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    Thank you - mine certainly looks the same as the photo. I'd never heard of Claytonia rubra so really appreciate you pointing it out.
     
  6. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    Margot this is a special post

    Garry oak meadow natural habitat are special to how we grew up in Oregon and Vanc Island

    a rare spot indeed

    I know we’ve had other threads along the years here and I think there are some Quercus garryana (spell) up around Mt Lehman (approx Chilliwack BC) and some up the Fraser River at approx Yale BC (Lady Franklin rock ?)

    Some suggest it is because Cowichan people came and traded with other coast Salish — I am no expert in First Nation history immemorial and respect the stories the people have about this topic.
     
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