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Whipplea modesta (Common whipplea)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Whipplea modesta

Whipplea modesta Torr.

Common whipplea, Modesty, Whipplevine, Yerba de Selva

Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: WHMO

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A trailing, slightly woody plant with weak, slender branches, 1-5 ft. long. The leaves are opposite and semi-deciduous, occuring on short, lateral branches which are tipped with a puff of tiny, white flowers. Branches do not exceed 6-12 in. in height. From long, trailing, rooting stems grow many erect shoots, each tipped with a small head of white flowers.

These plants often form dense, low patches on rocky banks or in open, mixed woods of broadleaf trees and conifers. The Spanish name means herb of the forest.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: CA , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Coast Ranges from Monterey Co. CA to OR
Native Habitat: Shaded slopes below 4500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Needs some summer moisture. Useful as a ground cover and soil stabilizer. Aromatic foliage.

Propagation

Description: Propagate by layering, or with rooted sections or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

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, CA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Whipplea modesta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Whipplea modesta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Whipplea modesta

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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