A Web site devoted to the conservation of native plants, from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Native plants are an essential component in the biodiversity that sustains life on Earth. It is imperative that we improve their situation, and we can do so by understanding them better, actively fostering and conserving them, and sharing information.
Stimulating interested citizens to take action towards biodiversity conservation is the ultimate goal of this Web site. This goal is shared by a larger initiative, of which the site is a component: In 2002, the Canadian Centre for Biodiversity at the Canadian Museum of Nature, with the assistance of The Salamander Foundation, initiated Best Stewardship Practices at the Community Level: Enhancing Native Plant Biodiversity. The aim of this initiative is to improve understanding of native plant diversity and facilitate the sharing of information. It does so by encouraging communication, networking and collaboration among diverse groups and active individuals who are involved in environmental stewardship in their communities.
The Canadian Museum of Nature's Canadian Centre for Biodiversity is proud to present this Web site, which was generously funded by The Salamander Foundation.
The lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) can grow as tall as 60 cm, but usually reaches less than 35 cm. It has both erect and spreading branches. Each mature shrub's height is determined primarily by the amount of sunlight it receives: as the length of daylight hours decreases, vegetative (i.e. green) growth stops. The floral buds that will produce next year's berries begin to form at this point. The low height is advantageous because the highest buds are the last to be formed, and they are the least resistant to the deepest cold of winter.