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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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Masked Shrew
Sorex cinereus

Dark brown backs, with lighter brown sides, and a pale belly.  Lighter coat in the winter.  They have a long, flexilbe snout, and tiny eyes.

 

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