Winter reveals subtle evergreens

Winter is a great time to pay attention to all the little evergreen native plants that tend to escape your notice when showier wildflowers are in bloom, and shrubs and trees are in full leaf.
These are images of the humble Selaginella wallacei or Wallace’s spike-moss taken at Descanso Regional Park on Gabriola Island.
The “moss” is a misnomer — these hardy plants have vascular systems and are in the lycopod family, making them more closely related to ferns.
At this time of year, you can see them huddled on rocky cliffs in the company of sedums, lichens and licorice ferns toughing out the salt spray, wind and cold.
Take a moment for a closer look at the exquisite architecture of its tiny leaves.