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Vancouveria hexandra (White Inside-Out-Flower)

American Barrenwort, White Insideout Flower, White Inside-Out-Flower, Northern Inside-Out Flower, Vancouveria brevicula, Vancouveria parvifolia, Vancouveria picta


Noted for its beautiful foliage and charming flowers, Vancouveria hexandra (White Inside-Out-Flower) is a creeping, deciduous perennial with delicate, apple-green leaves divided into 9-15 small, heart-shaped leaflets, 1.5 in. long (4 cm). In late spring to early summer, sprays of 10-30 dainty white flowers arch over the foliage on leafless stems arising from the base of the plant. The petals and sepals are turned backwards, exposing the stamens and pistil, hence the common name of Inside-Out Flower. Native to the Pacific Northwest coast, Vancouveria hexandra is a remarkable garden plant for the shade garden. A fine vigorous grower, it makes an excellent ground cover for woodland gardens.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm). Vancouveria hexandra spreads by underground rhizomes without being aggressive.
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in humus-rich, fertile, acidic, moist, well-drained soils. Protect from cold, dry winds.
  • Easy to grow, this plant is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens, shade gardens. Excellent as a groundcover.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for vine weevil.
  • Divide in spring or sow seed in containers, in a cold frame as soon as ripe.
  • Native to California, Oregon, Washington.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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