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 CharacteristicsThis 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.
CareProvide humus-rich soil in light to full shade. In spring, cut away any winter-burned foliage to make way for new growth.
PropagationDivide in spring.
- Genus : Vancouveria
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Spring
- Uses : Ground Covers
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Growth Rate : Slow
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Flower Color : White