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About native plants

Native plants in our region are plants that have been here prior to European settlement.  Many of these, particularly those associated with Garry Oak Ecosystems, thrived under management by Indigenous people in the Victoria area for thousands of years. Native plants are an integral part of a healthy natural and cultural environment.

Habitat loss, including invasive species and degradation due to development, has greatly reduced the number of native plants in our region. Planting native species helps to enhance habitat value by restoring plant diversity and abundance, forming corridors and connectivity between habitats, and by attracting and supporting wildlife that has co-evolved with native plant species.  



Saanich Native Plants does not sell plants that have been removed from the wild.   Our plants are started by seed and collected from our own field-grown parent stock at the nursery.  This parent stock has been grown from wild seed sources in the Victoria area. We are always adding new material in order to increase genetic diversity and species diversity.

Field grown plants are carefully tended throughout the year and seeds are harvested through the spring and summer. Patches of wildflowers are not only stunning, but also attract pollinators and other wildlife. Not to mention, they require no watering! Visit us through the spring and summer to learn more about our growing and get a chance to see these beautiful displays!
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