Queen’s Cup (Clintonia uniflora)
Bloom time: April – May
General: Part of the lily family, Queen’s cup is a low plant which grows in clusters formed by a large system of underground stems.
Leaves & Twigs: Shiny green leaves are paired (sometimes as a threesome) when they emerge in early spring. The leaves have long soft hairs on the underside and grow to 25 cm in length.
Flowers & Fruits:
Habitat: Prefers moist woods, from the lowlands to sub-alpine. At mid-elevations, may join with mosses to form a dense carpet.
PlantWatch Pointers: Select a typical patch of plants, if the plants are very abundant, mark off a l-metre-square section to observe.
- First bloom: when the first flowers are open in the observed plants.
- Mid bloom: when 50% of the flowers are open in the observed plants.
This species is monitored in:
- British Columbia
Because of its intense, metallic blue colour, the berry has been used as a dye by some Aboriginal Peoples.