Vanilla Leaf

Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla) is a deciduous perennial herb found on the South Coast including Vancouver Island. It is normally found in moist shaded areas but can also grow stream-side and in mid-elevation meadows. In some areas it forms thick mats that can cover large areas of the forest floor. When dried the leaves are said to smell like vanilla, hence the name, and can be hung around the house as a bug repellent.

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