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Inside-Out Flower

  • Scientific Name: Vancouveria hexandra
  • Garden: Lawn Alternatives Garden
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist, Well-Drained

Plant Information

This is the Inside-out flower that is most common to our region, frequently spotted in low- to mid-elevation forests. Its leaves are deciduous, forming a mound usually eight to sixteen inches tall, the new leaves sometimes emerging tinged with deep brick red. The thin, leafless flowering stalks rise above like a mobile of tiny white inside-out umbrellas. It is a delicate looking but sturdy plant, undemanding in its care and undisturbed by bugs or disease. Origin: The NW Native species are found in the western portion of United States and Canada Characteristics: Native vancouveria species vary widely: ranging from three feet to nearly twelve feet tall; evergreen and deciduous; soft green, rounded leaves to smaller, pointed leathery dark green leaves. All have tiny pinkish white, bell-shaped flowers, producing edible berries from bright red to blue-black. Culture: Grows in conditions from full sun to partial shade, moist to dry conditions. All require fast-draining, acidic soil. Diseases/Pests: Relatively disease and pest free, though sometimes fall prey to root weevil.

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VAHE Flower, VAHE Flowers (©2022 Cheri Moland)