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Vancouveria planipetala
Vancouveria planipetala

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Vancouveria planipetala

Inside-Out Flower
Evergreen, Perennials, Semi-evergreen


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 planipetala

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.

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