Vancouveria hexandra

inside-out flower

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Outstanding Qualities

Vancouveria hexandra is a handsome Pacific Northwest coast native that may form a natural groundcover. Bright green new foliage emerges in early spring with dainty white flowers – which are somewhat reminiscent of tiny parachutists falling from the sky – following shortly thereafter. Inside-out flower expands by underground rhizomes, although not aggressively.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: light to deep shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established or water occasionally to regularly for quicker spreading

Seasonal Interest: bright green foliage and dainty flowers in spring

Resistant to: slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, orange, red

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, dark green, yellow,

Culture Notes
Plant Vancouveria hexandra in a location with light, open, dappled, or deep shade. This indigenous perennial adapts to a wide variety of soils including clay or sandy and is either dry or moist to well-drained. Once established it is drought tolerant, however, to create a groundcover effect more rapidly plant in moist soil or water well-drained or dry sites occasionally to regularly in summer. Once the leaves turn yellow in fall or winter they may be cut to the ground.