Vancouveria hexandra
Common name: 
Northern Inside-out Flower
American Barrenwort
Pronunciation: 
van-koo-VE-ree-uh heks-AN-druh
Family: 
Berberidaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
Yes
  • Perennial, deciduous to nearly evergreen, low growing, spreading, 10-20 inches ( 25-50 cm) tall; young stems wiry.  Leaves mostly arise near the ground, 8-25 cm long, compound, 2-3 leaflets, each somewhat heat-shaped at the base and commonly called duck foot-shaped, lobed, margin entire, green, lower surface sparsely hairy; petiole becoming straw-colored.   Flowers small, in upright clusters of 25-30, 6 white petals, 4-6 mm, strongly reflexed.
  • Part sun to full shade.  Acid soil, rich in organic matter; probably best in cool, moist conditions.  Spread by underground rhizomes. To propagate divide plants in the spring or fall.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 6     Native to southwest Washington, Oregon, and northern California,
  • hexandra: six stamens
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: small garden at the SE entrance to Ag. & Life Sciences (ALS)
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