British Columbia Native Plant of the Day: Geranium viscosissimum
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Common names: Sticky Geranium; sticky purple crane’s-bill; sticky purple geranium
A large plant it is a member of the geranium family, related to other hardy cranesbills and more distantly to the popular summer bedding geraniums. Very adaptable to soil/water conditions it grows in open areas along hills and up mountains. Found throughout BC but most common in the interior. East to Saskatchewan and south to California, in land to many western US states.
Known for its size, attractive leaves, pink or purple flowers, and interesting seed pods. Worth trying in the garden. Interestingly its stickiness allows it to trap insects. However, it is unclear whether it can actually digest them or gain any benefit from doing so. Some theorize that plants like these are on an evolutionary path towards being carnivorous.
Photo from Wiki Commons Author: RG Johnsson
Globimetula mweroensis (Loranthaceæ) is a showy mistletoe found on trees in the deciduous woodlands of south-central Africa.
Fuchsia procumbens - creeping fuchsia. NZ native, smallest fuchsia in the world and I believe the only prostate one too. Now rare in their natural environment although now planted as ground cover (understandable with the flower colours!), and considered endangered. The berries are bright red and quite a bit larger than the flower.
British Columbia Native Plant of the Day: Abronia umbellata
Hardiness Zone: 8-11
Common names: Horseweed; pink sand verbena
Despite its common name this is not related to Verbena at all, it is part of the tropical Nyctaginaceae family related to plants like Mirablis and Bougainville. It is found growing on sand dunes along the pacific coast line. Barely a BC plant southern Vancouver island is its northern distribution limit, continuing south to Baja. Sensitive to disturbance from beach goers and winter storms it had gone extinct in BC and Washington and is now the subject of interesting projects to re-introduce it.
Known for forming carpets of pink blooms amongst the driftwood and coastal sage. In southern locations its being used as a native garden plant.
Photo from Wiki Commons Author: Franco Folini
One of the best-known wildflowers in Australia, Swainsona formosa is found across arid central and north-western Australia. It is well-adapted to a desert climate, with a long taproot, and a long period of seed viability. A member of the Fabaceae family, it has been named after an explorer (Charles Sturt), a naturalist (Isaac Swainson), and a further unsuccessful attempt was made to name it after the explorer William Dampier. In nature, it is most often found with white blossoms, but several hybrids, and even tricolour varieties can be found. This plant can tolerate light frosts, as well as extreme heat, sunshine, and drought.