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Location: Regina, Saskatchewan
Located on the edge of beautiful Wascana Lake, the Legislative Building is one of Regina’s most recognizable landmarks. Historical tours of this Beaux-Arts style building are offered in both English and French, 362 days a year.
Saskatoon berries share some similarities with blueberries, most notably, their colour. Historically, many First Nations have used the berries and leaves to make teas, and other parts of the shrub for medicinal purposes. Interestingly, when exported to other countries, Saskatoon berries are often given the name “juneberries”.
The Wood Lily is Saskatchewan’s official flower, and is featured on the provincial flag. Unfortunately, it is a far less common sight in the wild now than it was years ago. The flower is protected in Saskatchewan, so cannot be picked, uprooted, or destroyed.
This purple flower emits a lovely fragrance, but is considered an invasive species in Saskatchewan. Because of its ability to self-seed and therefore spread rapidly, in 2011, a news outlet in the state of Michigan declared Dame’s Rocket “Public Enemy Number Two” (behind the noxious weed, garlic mustard).
The prairie crocus is much loved in the prairies as it signifies the arrival of spring. It is the first flower to bloom after winter, and is also one of the first to go dormant ahead of the cold months – usually when it is still summer! It prefers sunny, hot, dry areas, and can live for more than 50 years.
With its sunny yellow centre and soft, white petals, the Ox-Eye Daisy is pleasing to the eye. While popular for gift-giving and growing in gardens, in many places the daisy is considered a weed. In Saskatchewan, it is classified as an invasive species for its ability to spread easily and densely.
Despite its name, the Yellow Marsh Marigold is not actually related to marigolds at all. In fact, it is part of the buttercup family and grows in marshes, swamps, and wet, boggy soils. It is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including North America and Europe.
The Sunflower, recognizable by its impressive size (it can grow up to 15 feet tall) and large, yellow flower is grown in parts of Saskatchewan. A single sunflower head can produce thousands of seeds; most sunflower grown in Saskatchewan is grown for oil or birdseed.