PNW Landscape Plant Guide

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Inside Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra)

What’s cute and wee and delicate and a PNW native relative of Barberry but is not prickly? It’s Inside Out Flower! This adorable little woodland ground cover makes its home in Douglas Fir forests throughout the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia through Oregon.

Hair-fine stems rise to more or less a foot tall and sprout cheerfully light green leaves shaped like duck feet. Nestled among the foliage are separate stems that hold a dozen or so small white flowers that look like they are in the middle of being turned inside out. Recurved petals are swept strongly backwards with the reproductive bits pointing forward like a dart. It all looks very fairy-like.

Inside Out Flower likes to be a shady understory plant that will carpet the ground under the canopy of large trees or shrubs. It can be drought tolerant but will also appreciate the moist mulch of foresty leaf litter. It blooms from late spring to early summer and hunkers down in the heat of late summer.