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Vancouveria hexandra
Vancouveria hexandra
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Vancouveria hexandra

American Barrenwort

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 1.536.050

Closely related to the true Barrenwort (Epimedium) this is a species native from the Pacific northwest down into California. Plants form a low mound of fine-textured evergreen leaves, bearing airy sprays of white flowers above in late spring. The habit is clumping at first, but these will slowly spread to form a small patch. Although often recommended for dry shade conditions, these truly are happiest in a rich, moist woodland soil on the acidic side. Useful for mass planting as a groundcover, for edging or in the shady rock garden.

Further details for
Vancouveria hexandra

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Partial Shade or
  Full Shade
Soil Type
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Late Spring
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
  Rabbit Resistant
  Ground Cover
  Wild Flower
   20-25 cm
   8-10 inches
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.