Look to the hills! Currently covering many of the Okanagan hillsides is the beautiful yellowÂ Balsamorhiza sagittataÂ (Arrow-leaved Balsam-root), more commonly known as the Spring Sunflower. The heat of the spring sunshine has brought this beautiful landscape to life.
Information about this local flower can be found in a concise guidebook, Wildflowers of the Southern Interior of British Columbia, written by local naturalist, the late Joan Burbridge. This, and other local information, is available online at Living Landscapes Thompson-Okanagan on the Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM) website.
Unfortunately the RBCM has not maintained this valuable wildflower website so â€śSearchingâ€ť the site is difficult. However, â€śBrowsingâ€ť the 335 wildflowers gives one a broad view of the wildflowers native to the Okanagan Valley and information pertaining to each.
Check out this wildflower website and enjoy the beautiful natural history that surrounds us.