Wild sunflower (Balsamorhiza sagittata) on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Wild sunflower (Balsamorhiza sagittata) at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The sunflower is Ukraine’s national flower.

Arrowleaf balsamroot blooms in spring on UBC’s Okanagan campus. Arrowleaf (Balsamorhiza sagittata) is a plant of the Asteraceae (sunflower family). The sunflower is also the national flower of Ukraine.

Across UBC we hear expressions of unity with the people of Ukraine as they defend their nation against the unprovoked violence and war inflicted on them by the Russian regime.

This spring, when you walk by the slopes on the Okanagan campus covered by these wild sunflowers; please think about those in Ukraine who suffer in this war, and those who support their freedom.