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.
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.
Reaches 3 in. tall, 1 1/2 ft. wide, with cylindrical leaves and a summer-long display of rich purple f...
These clump-forming perennialshave square stems and pairedleaves. Long, tubular flowersflare out into ...
Both species described here (one of which bears edible fruit) are Chinese natives with large, prominen...