Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Vancouveria hexandra (Inside-Out Flower)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Magnoliophyta Flowering plants

Class

 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons

Subclass

 Magnoliidae

Order

 Ranunculales

Family

 Berberidaceae Barberry family

Genus

 Vancouveria C. Morren & Decne. insideout flower

Species

 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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