BRITISH COLUMBIA'S ALPINE AND SUBALPINE FLORA WITH GARDEN POTENTIAL
Gerald B. Straley
The alpine and subalpine zones of British Columbia offer not only some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, but a wide range of plants with garden potential. Many of these are known in cultivation only to the avid alpine plant enthusiasts and are not generally available commercially.
A wide range of growing conditions in these zones, depending on aspect, soil and rock types, exposure and elevation, create microhabitats for a variety of plant species. Many of these habitats can be successfully recreated at lower elevations in the Pacific Northwest, even on the wet coast. The potential for using native plants for the drier interior of the Pacific Northwest has not been realized.
The plants discussed in this paper include those true alpines as well as some from lower elevations in montane meadows. Although British Columbia's flora will be stressed, a number of plants from the Pacific Northwest or Western North America are also included. Some of the more familiar alpine plants, at
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