American barrenwort

Vancouveria hexandra

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Brown
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American barrenwort (Vancouveria hexandra)
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Genus:  Vancouveria
This attractive, easy-care, 6- to 8-inch semi-evergreen groundcover boasts leaves that emerge bright green, then darken with age, creating a two-toned effect. In mid- to late spring, distinctive white blooms dangle on wiry stems, resembling an umbrella blown inside-out by a sudden gust of wind. The flower's stamens jut forward like a beak.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This native of the mixed deciduous and coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest creeps through the forest litter. It spreads quickly but discreetly to form a lacy carpet. It is best used to fill the gaps between taller plants.
Care:  Provide humus-rich soil in light to full shade. In spring, cut away any winter-burned foliage to make way for new growth.
Propagation:  Divide in spring.
Problems:  Vine weevil.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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