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.
Like many other species of violet, the northern bog violet (Viola nephrophylla) has darker veins at the centre of the flower that point the way for pollinating insects to the nectar-laden spur at the base of the bottom petal. The hundreds of species of violet are complemented by the hybrids developed and popular for gardens. The leaves and flowers are edible, and the leaves are very high in vitamins A and C. Several species are at risk, however, so it is best to leave wild plants alone.