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.
Wild leek (Allium tricoccum) is one of the better-tasting species of wild onion found in Canada, but because it has a low level of toxicity, it should be eaten in small quantities. The leaves, bulbs and bulblets are edible. The fruits are three-lobed capsules with one, black seed per lobe. Native people have used juice from the crushed bulbs to treat insect stings. Wild leek grows in rich woods and moist ground from southern Manitoba to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It is becoming rare in some localities because of over-harvesting.