Small groundcover or edger for cool, moist shady areas. Mass in woodland gardens, or naturalized areas. This semi-evergreen has attractive, fine textured foliage. Airy sprays of white flowers bloom in spring and resemble an umbrella that has been blown inside out. In the wild you'll commonly find them under maples, alders, douglas fir and larch. In your garden they work well with coral bells, baneberry, bleeding hearts and other shade lovers of the moist woods.
Semi-evergreen groundcover for shady sites
Adorned with delicate white flowers in spring
Spreads slowly and can fill in under trees
Works well in a partly shaded rock gardens
The seeds are dispersed by ants
Rabbits and deer tend to leave this plant alone
It is native to moist coastal woodland areas on the western side of the Cascades from Washington to Northern California.
The Yurok tribe from Northwestern California chewed the leaves of inside out flower for a cough medicine. Modern medicinal uses include sinus congestion, chronic rhinitis and hay fever.
In spring, cut away any winter-burned foliage to make way for new growth.