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Vancouveria hexandra (Hook.) C. Morren & Decne.
White insideout flower, White inside-out-flower, Northern inside-out flower
Synonym(s): Vancouveria brevicula, Vancouveria parvifolia, Vancouveria picta
USDA Symbol: VAHE
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Horizontal rhizomes produce large, erect, basal leaves geometrically compound in two sets of triplets. Above the delicate, apple-green, deciduous leaves rises a flower stalk to 12 in. It bears an open cluster of dainty, white, inside-out flowers. Inside-out because the petals and sepals are turned abruptly backwards revealing the stamens and pistil. Small, pointed white flowers in open clusters on smooth stalks supported by leafless stems, and leathery, pinnately compound leaves that grow in patches.
This genus has only 3 species; in mild climates they make excellent ground cover for woodland gardens. Golden Inside-out Flower (V. chrysantha) has yellow flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Flowers 1.5 inches across 1.3 cm
Brown 10-15 mm Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WA Native Distribution:
S. end of Puget Sound, w. of the Cascades to n.w. CA Native Habitat:
Moist to drier, shady woods
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Drought Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Damp to mesic soils.
Conditions Comments: A vigorous ground cover.
has only 3 species. in mild climates they make excellent ground cover for woodland gardens. Conspicuous Flowers:
Increase with pieces of rhizome
or seeds sown soon after harvest. Plants are produced very rapidly from rhizome
divisions. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Not Available Commercially Avail:
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery
- Woodburn, OR
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2012-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff