and the WINNER is: Cornus Canadensis (Bunchberry)

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July update: Thank you to everyone who voted. The official winner ( by a mile or perhaps kms ) is Cornus Canadensis commonly known as Bunchberry

 

 

 

What’s the National Flower of Canada?

We have an official tree- the maple, but we do NOT have an official flower! 

​​Master Gardeners of Ontario thinks Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect time to launch a campaign to get one!

Toronto Master Gardeners with help from Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, came up with the following three choices for a pan-Canadian flower-one that appears in every province and territory but is not already a provincial or territorial emblem:

 

Hooded Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes romanzoffiana)

·       Unique spiraling flower spike marks this genus

·       Found in open wet areas – meadows, bogs, marshes

·       Fragrant flowers from July to Sept on 10 to 50 cm stems

·       Food source for native bumblebees all through summer

 

Twinflower (Linnaea borealis)

·       Delicate but tough “borealis” – of the north

·       Found in forests, wetlands all over Canada

·       Reproduces mainly by spreading stolons

·       Fragrant flowers on 15 cm stems for one week in June, attract       native bees

·       Winter forage for caribou

 

Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

·       Changes with the seasons - just like Canada!

·       White flowers in spring, red berries in summer, great red-purple fall colour

·       Very common in forests and wetlands all over Canada

·       Creeping form, 10 to 20 cm tall, great as a native groundcover

·       Pollinators include native bumblebees and solitary bees

·       Berries are food source for small and large mammals, migratory birds

·       Winter forage source for caribou, moose, elk, deer

 

Read about the three 'nominees' and then vote using the Survey Monkey link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Z9WDW9

 

Voting will close at midnight on June 30th, 2017

 

Vote now!

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