Property Trees, Shrubs, Wildflowers and Grasses

The aspen forest is one of the focal points of the property. This forest has not been grazed for decades thus allowing the various tree species and understory shrubs and plants time to regenerate. The many acres of alfafa/hay fields and unused pastures have introduced some non-native species (ie timothy, kentucky blue grass, clover, alfalfa, tansy, Canada thistle) to the property. But the fields have also allowed a number of native species to flourish that require open areas. Most of the ponds of the property are ringed by willows, cattails and sedges. The water and saturated wetlands provide further habitats for a wide variety of aquatic and semiaquatic plants to live.

Special thanks to Dr. R. St. Pierre of Prairie Elements for conducting a plant survey and providing much of the species list below. Dr. St. Pierre also collected seed samples from 37 native plant species found growing on the property. These samples were placed in Canada's national seed bank (Plant Gene Resources of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) for long-term safekeeping. Species of note found during the survey include, Indian-pipe (Monotropa uniflora), Striped Coral-root Orchid (Corrallorhiza striata) and Fairybells (Disporum trachycaulum); the populations of the latter two species are relatively significant in size. Another orchid, the Bracted Bog Orchid (Platanthera viridis) has also been found and the Yellow Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus) likely occurs. A mutated clone of Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis) has been discovered on the property.


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The following species have been recorded from the property: Common name, if one is recognised, is given first followed by the scientific name in parentheses. Many of the major groupings in the lists are for convenience and are not scientifically correct.

Trees and Shrubs

  • White Spruce (Picea glauca): Introduced?
  • Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
  • Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifers)
  • White or Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
  • Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
  • Willow (Salix spp)
  • Red-osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera)
  • Green Alder (Alnus crispa?)
  • Silverberry (Elaeagnus commutata)
  • Saskatoon (Amelanchier alnifolia)
  • Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)
  • Black gooseberry (Ribes lacustre)
  • Skunk current (Ribes glandulosum)
  • Prickly Rose (Rosa acicularis)
  • Wild Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
  • Highbush cranberry (Viburnum triflorum)
  • Lowbush cranberry (Viburnum edule)
  • Hawthorn (Crataegus rotundifolia)
  • Beaked Hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
  • Twining honeysuckle (Lonicera dioica)
  • Bracted honeysuckle (Lonicera involucrata)
  • Western snowberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)
  • Canada buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis)

Wildflower Families