Secwepemc name: q’wlsállp

Willow was widely used as a technology material; the inner bark was used as twine; the sticks were used as reinforcement for baskets, fish weirs and traps and many other implements, and the roots were used as a lashing material.  Mary Thomas used to use the bark to make little dolls, like the ones her grandmother once made for her.

Ecological requirements: There are several species of native willow that grow in the area.  They range in height from 0.5 – 5 meters. Generally willows prefer low to mid elevations; they can tolerate a wide range of soils from the sand and gravel of lakeshore and riverbanks to the drier soils inland.