Ground covers, Perennials
Closely related to Epimedium and likewise used as groundcovers 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 an 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 the mountains of southwestern Oregon and extreme northwestern California. Grows to 16 in. tall, with bronzy gray-green, evergreen leaflets and yellow, 1/2-in. flowers.Vancouveria hexandra
Native to coastal forests from Northern California to Washington. Grows to 1 ft. tall, with light green, 2 1/2-in. leaflets and white, 1/2-in. flowers. Dies back in winter.
Native to coastal California and southwest Oregon. Grows to 2 ft. tall with light to medium green, shallowly lobed leaflets. Tiny (about 1/8 in. wide) white flowers are carried in clusters of 25 to 50. May die back in winter in colder parts of the range.
These Asian natives tend to spread slowly, are fairly deep rooted. Dormant and straw-colored during th...
This Chinese native grows quickly into a shrubby tree, 15–30 ft. tall. Though easily trained int...
Mediterranean native is a weed in many parts of the West. Self sows prolifically, thanks to small dand...