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INVASIVE WEED ALERT
Mountain bluet (Centaurea montana) has been found in town and on the surrounding trails. Originally grown by horticulturist's in gardens, Mountain bluet quickly escaped its garden boxes and established in sunny areas. This invasive species can establish through both vegetative (ie through roots or fragmented plant parts) or by seed. Mountain bluet can be identified by:
- prominent blue flowers with spike like petals
- grows 50-80 cm high
- prefers full sun
- thick, dense taproot
The best method for removal is hand pulling, ensuring you get as much of the roots as possible. For larger infestations remove the flower head to prevent seed production and report the site.
If you have these in your garden please consider replacing it, some great alternatives are Common camas (Camassia quamash), Clustered bellflower (Campanula glomerata) or Wild bergamont (Monarda fistulosa).
If found within the geopark please report it to:
www.reportaweedbc.ca or through the Report-A-Weed app ... See MoreSee Less
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! This year we will be developing our very own Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark Wildflower and Edible Plants Guide! We would like to request anyone with plant photos from within the Geopark to send them in for identification. We are more than happy to identify the wild flowers you send to us and will be sure to let you know any background information for them! To send the photos feel free to direct message them to us or email them to email@example.com. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 250-242-3123
Orchis rotundifolia aka Fly-Spotted Orchis or round leaved orchis
Found in moist soils and well drained stream banks, this orchis has pink-purple upper petals and a white lip with pink-purple spots. Orchis's get their name from Greek mythology, they were a creature that enraged the God's and was punished by being transformed into a flower ... See MoreSee Less