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Whipplea modesta

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Species Name: Whipplea modesta
Common Name: Modesty or Yerba de selva

Useful, spreading groundcover in shady areas. Good slope stabilizer. Mixes well with Heuchera, Iris or shrubs that can tolerate more water. More drought tolerant on coast.

Plant Family: Philadelphaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 12"h
Growth Habit: Trailing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Well draining
Water Requirements: Semi-moist
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: May to July
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northern South Coast ranges, northwest into Santa Cruz Mountains
Natural Habitat: Slopes, coniferous forest



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