Plant Data Sheet



Species: Inside out flower, Vancouveria hexandra


Range: Oregon, Washington, and California.(4)(5)


Climate, elevation: Moist and Dry forests at elevation below 1500m.Hardy to -15C.(3)


Local occurrence (where, how common): Very common perennial groundcover in the Douglas fir forests. Grays Harbor, Thurston, Pierce, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat Counties.(2)


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)



Sources cited:

1. Big dipper farm. Grown on the third planet from the sun.Cited April 9, 2006. Available at


2. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. WTU Image collection. Cited April 8, 2006. Available at


3. Groothuis, Marianne. Dunedic Botanic Garden. This week at the garden. 20 Dec 2004. Cited April 8, 2006. Available at


4. USDA plants. Plant Data base. Cited April 9, 2006. Available at


5. Rainy Side Gardens in the Pacific North West. Plant Gallery and growing guide. Native plants (internet). Cited April 8, 2006. Available at


6.Van Cleef Linda. Green Gardener. Native ground covers the perfect glove and east bay gardeners. Cited April 8 2006. Available at


Data compiled by:

Mercedes Mijares

April 13, 2006.