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Whipplea modesta Torr.
Common whipplea, Modesty, Whipplevine, Yerba de Selva
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
, WA Native Distribution:
Coast Ranges from Monterey Co. CA
to OR Native Habitat:
Shaded slopes below 4500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
PropagationDescription: 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
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff