Plant Data Sheet
Species: Inside out flower, Vancouveria hexandra
Climate, elevation: Moist and Dry forests at elevation below 1500m.Hardy to -15C.(3)
occurrence (where, how common): Very common perennial groundcover in the
Douglas fir forests. Grays Harbor, Thurston, Pierce, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum,
Habitat preferences: Moist, shady woods, woodland, shaded rockery. (3,5)
Plant strategy type/successional stage: Dominant understory perennial ground cover in late successional Douglas fir forest. Tolerates some drought in summer.(3,6)
Associated species: A close relative of epimediums. Family Berberidaciae (4)
May be collected as: May be collected as seed in late July, or by division in early spring. (5)
Collection restrictions or guidelines: Information not available.
Seed germination (needs dormancy breaking?): Information not available.
Seed life (can be stored, short shelf-life, long shelf-life): Information not available.
Recommended seed storage conditions: Information not available.
Propagation recommendations: Sow seeds as soon as ripe and division in early spring.(5)
Soil or medium requirements: Humus rich, well-drained soil. It drives in acid soil. (5,1)
Installation form: Good for woodland restoration. It is clumpy at the beginning, but then it spreads out. (1) Cost range from $ 3.00 – $12.00 dollars. (1) Once established, it can tolerate dry spells. (6)
Recommended planting density: Plant 1 1/2 feet apart.(6)
Care requirements after installed (water weekly, water once etc.): Side dressing of compost in spring or fall. Requires consistently moist soil; should receive supplemental water for at least the first season while they become established in the garden.(5)
Normal rate of growth or spread; lifespan : It spreads by slowly creeping rhizomes. Perennial.(5)
1. Big dipper farm. Grown on the third planet from the sun.Cited April 9, 2006. Available at http://www.bigdipperfarm.com/cgi-bin/cart/cart.pl?db=stuff.txt&method=all_words&search=Vancouveria%20hexandra
3. Groothuis, Marianne.
4. USDA plants. Plant Data base. Cited April 9, 2006. Available at http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch
6.Van Cleef Linda. Green Gardener. Native ground covers the perfect glove and east bay gardeners. Cited April 8 2006. Available at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2003/06/04/greeng.DTL
Data compiled by:
April 13, 2006.