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Vancouveria planipetala

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vancouveria (van-koo-VER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: planipetala (plan-eye-PET-ah-la) (Info)

Synonym:Vancouveria parviflora

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under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral macybee On Nov 29, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is found growing in the redwood forests of North America in sunny or part-shaded positions which are sheltered in winter. It grows to 18" in height with a 3' spread. The stems are creeping, prostrate and branching. The evergreen leaves are thick and leathery with a wavy margin. The flower stem is leafless, and the flowers are white, tinged with lavender and borne in spring.
Useful as a ground cover in cool shaded areas, these frost-hardy plants usually prefer a cool position in peaty soil. Propagate by division, or from fresh ripe seed in spring.

Positive drekadair On Sep 17, 2007, drekadair from Wilsonville, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

A friend gave me several small plants and told me simply that they were called duckfoot, they were native (I live in Oregon) and they liked shade. They have since been fruitful and multiplied, and I love them.

They do like shade, and have no problem with dry shade, though they will reward you if you water them. They self-sow slowly, but are easy to remove if you want to keep them contained. Their duck foot-shaped foliage provides year-round interest and green color. They produce tiny, elegant cream flowers on six-inch spikes.

This is not a stand-alone plant. Get several, or do not bother. Then stand back and let them spread! They are excellent for woodland settings or any spot where you have troublesome dry shade. They pair especially well with ferns and Oregon Grape.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wilsonville, Oregon
Bellevue, Washington
Poulsbo, Washington

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