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Wild Collected Alberta Natives

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Clematis occidentalis

This is fairly common in my neck of the woods.  You only have to be observant at the right time to see it.  There is a particular plant close by that climbs 20 feet on a poplar tree and has formed a nest of blooms.  It is quite something to see.  

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:2+ metres

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Requires fluctuating temperatures to germinate

Price:$4.00 (40 seeds per package)

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Cornus canadensis

Bunchberry

A member of the dogwood family.  These are found throughout almost all of Alberta.  Moist woods, often under evergreens, and that's where I find the best crops of them.  Like other cornus seeds, they are difficult to clean.  

Product Overview:Alberta Native

Height:8-18 cm

Positioning:Shade, under evergreens preferable

Germination:Slow germinator, up to a year +

Price:$4.00 (15 seeds per package)

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Dasiphora floribunda

Potentilla fruticosa

Product Overview:Trees & Shrubs

Height:30-150 cm tall

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Warm germinator

Price:$3.00 (50 seeds per package)

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Delphinium glaucum

Finding this seed up past Rocky Mountain House was one of those 'Stop the Truck' moments. Seeing a favorite plant growing in its natural habitat is so rewarding. Went back to that area on several occasions to ensure that I was able to collect the seed at its prime. The last trip up I was met with clear cut forest (see the blog for that trip). Managed to find enough seed to offer, plus spread some through the ditches where it had been growing. Let's hope it takes hold again up there for future generations.

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:90-150 cm (3-5')

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Germinates best at cool temperatures

Price:$3.50 (50 seeds per package)

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Disporum trachycarpum

Fairybells

Found in moist deciduous and mixed wood forests.  Blooms May to June.  Berry is a deep orange / red with a velvety surface.

Product Overview:Perennial

Positioning:Shade

Germination:Germinates best at cool temperatures

Price:$4.00 (20 seeds per package)

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Dodecatheon conjugens

Best if started in a cold frame over the winter.  Not the easiest to get going in the garden, germination can be erratic.  Worth the effort though.

Starts to bloom end of May beginning of June here in central Alberta. 

I've noticed that these can grow up to 60 cm in a garden setting.

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:12 -30 cm

Positioning:Full sun

Germination:Requires cold period

Price:$3.50 (50 seeds per package)

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Dryas drummondii

Yellow Mountain Avens

This is more a trailing shrub that forms dense mats.  It is a sight ot see when there are fields of it growing.  Be patient when starting, germination is normally slow.

Available in larger quantities.

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:5-25 cm (2-10")

Positioning:Full sun

Germination:Cool germinator, irregular

Price:$4.00 (50 seeds per package)

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Dryas octopetala

White Mountain avens, White Dryad

Much smaller than Dryas drummondii, on the shrubs that I've found.  In our harsher climate it probably has to.  I've found this by Abraham Lake, AB and it forms dense mats in crevices on bare rock.  The flowering stems are maybe a cm, the blooms covering the dark green mat in the spring.  Grown in my garden the flowering stems are under 10 cm.  

Product Overview:Perennial shrub

Height:Up to 20 cm

Positioning:Full sun

Germination:Easy if fresh, do not store

Price:$4.00 (25 seeds per package)

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Erigeron aureus

Golden Fleabane

These dot the ditches and dry slopes heading into the mountains.  Oblong to oval basal leaves.  Yellow flowers, one per stem, bloom July to September.

This is a picture of the seed heads, wasn't able to get a picture of these in bloom this year.

Product Overview:Alberta Native

Height:2-15 cm

Positioning:Full sun

Germination:Warm germinator

Price:$4.00 (50 seeds per package)

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Eriophorum gracile - Slender Cotton Grass

Found in bogs, muskegs and swamps.  Apparently the bristles can be made into paper and wicks for candles and lamps. 

Product Overview:Grasses - Perennial

Height:20 - 60 cm (8 - 24")

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Starts best at cool temperatures

Price:$3.00 (15 seeds per package)

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Fragaria vesca

Woodland Strawberry

These are collected from various places, Red Deer and west.  Again hard to collect seed from, funner to eat.  

 

Product Overview:Perennial

Height:5-25 cm

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Irregular, requires cold period

Price:$4.00 (20 seeds per package)

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Fragaria virginiana

Wild Strawberry

A smaller berry-like fruit than Woodland Strawberry with a flavour just as intense.  Delightful bursts of pure sunshine.

Product Overview:Alberta Native / Wild Collected

Height:5-15 cm

Positioning:Full sun to part shade

Germination:Requires fluctuating temperatures to germinate

Price:$4.00 (40 seeds per package)

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