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Star-flowered Solomon’s Seal

Smilacina stellata
Photo by Paul Slichter

Habitat: It is widely distributed throughout Alberta. It prefers moist wooded areas or along the edges of river banks.

Description: Large, stiff leaves zig-zag up the plants stems.  At the top of the plant a few small star-shaped flowers, white in colour grow.

Size: 20-60cm

Fun Facts: The root, when made into a powder, was reportedly applied to wounds to help with blood clotting.

Source:

Currah, R., Smreciu, A., and Van Dyk, M. Prairie Wildflowers. Edmonton: Friends of the Devonian Botanic Garden, 1983. Print

Cormack, R.G.H. Wild Flowers of Alberta. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1977. Print

Scotter, George W., and Flygare, Halle. Wildflowers of the Canadian Rockies. Canmore: Alpine Book Peddlers, 1986. Print

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Cabbage White
Pieris rapae

Habitat:  One of the most common butterflies, the Cabbage White was accidentally introduced in Quebec back in 1860 and has since spread across the entire country since.  It is found throughout the entirety of Alberta.

Description:  A very plain looking butterfly, it is mostly white with a few dark patches on its upper wing.

Size:  40-50 mm

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