Friday, July 16, 2010

3500 km and I still find bunchberry

Secretly, bunchberry is one of my favourite forest plants. Unlike most other forest wildflowers, bunchberry flowers well into the summer, rather than a quick showy burst in May or June. It even thrives in the dark and acidic-soiled coniferous stands. It is not colourful, fancy or graceful, but it is cheerful, abundant and produces a spray of bright red berrys to brighten the forest floor in August and sometimes September.  Even better I've seen it grow in the Maritimes, Ontario and now out West.... making it an easy to recognize plant all across Canada.
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