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Vancouveria

Berberidaceae
Ground covers, Perennials

Closely related to Epimedium and likewise used as ground covers in shady spots. Wiry leafstalks grow directly from creeping underground stems; leaves have numerous broad leaflets that resemble small ivy (Hedera) leaves. Thread-like flower stalks rise above foliage in late spring or early summer, bearing drooping clusters of small blossoms. Petals and sepals are sharply reflexed, giving flowers a windswept look. Plants spread slowly from ever-enlarging mat of roots, forming sizable patches in time. Set plants about 1 1/2 ft. apart. Need cool, moist, acid conditions.

Vancouveria chrysantha

Native to mountainsof southwestern Oregon andextreme northwestern California.To 16 in. high, with bronzygray-green, evergreen leafletsand yellow, 1/2-in. flowers.

Vancouveria hexandra

Native to lowland coastal forests of California, Oregon, Washington. Grows 1 ft. tall, with light green, 2 1/2-in. leaflets and white, 1/2-in. flowers.

Vancouveria planipetala
Vancouveria planipetala

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Vancouveria planipetala

Native to coastal California, southwest Oregon. Grows 2 ft. tall with 1 1/2-inch leaflets; 1/8-inch white flowers come in clusters of 25 to 50.

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