Late winter/early spring, you might catch a glimpse of a hummingbird if you have any Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquafolium) in bloom. Some years it comes into flower as early as January, though more commonly it first appears in February/March.
) in British Columbia * Rhizome is edible raw. * Rhizome can be dried and ground. * Varieties in the Pacific Northwest include Western wild ginger (Asarum caudatum). * Grows in moist, shaded foothill and montane regions.
april Wood Sorrel Scientific name: Oxalis species What: leaves How: salad, seasoning Where: shady undergrowth When: spring, summer Nutritional Value: Vitamins A & C Dangers: Contains some oxalic acid, limit consumption to a small handful per day.
moringa plant - The leaves have a slightly nutty taste with a hint of horseradish and can be eaten raw or cooked, though they’re most commonly powdered and used as a supplement in smoothies and drinks or made into a tea.
White clover: medicinal uses: heals disorders and diseases of the eye. A tea is used to treat coughs, colds, fevers and leucorrhea. A tincture of the leaves can be applied as an ointment for gout. A tea of the flowers used as an eyewash.
Peppergrass (Lepidium Virginicum) in British Columbia * Leaves are edible raw. * Green seed pods are edible raw. * Seeds are edible and can be used as a pepper-like seasoning. * Grows on roadsides and disturbed areas.
Whitebeam (sorbus aria) flowers are pollinated by insects and the berries favoured by birds. The leaves are eaten by caterpillars of a number of moths, including parornix scoticella, phyllonorycter corylifoliella and phyllonorycter sorbi.