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Vancouveria hexandra (Inside-Out Flower)



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 Vancouveria C. Morren & Decne. insideout flower


 Vancouveria hexandra (Hook.) C. Morren & Decne. white insideout flower

An excellent, vigorous groundcover that likes the shade.

Dull, green deciduous leaves are delicate and grow 8-16" tall.

Tucked amid the foliage are the large, white flowers folded backwards on themselves, like those of the shooting star species.

Found at low elevations from Tacoma to California (USDA 8-10), Inside-Out Flower needs shade and moisture.

It does exceptionally well under the canopy of alders or maples, where the fallen leaves keep the soil cool and moist.

A good companion to Salal (Gaultheria shallon) and Rhododendrons.

Above, photo at left from Walter Siegmund; drawing at right from Sunset. Below left, flower closeup by Walter Siegmund. Beginning fall color, photo from Peganum.
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