Inside-out flower Vancouveria hexandra

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
white inside-out flower


The plant commonly known as inside-out flower displays a charming and delicate appearance characterized by its distinctive foliage and floral attributes. The leaves are compound, with a trio of leaflets that are further divided into additional smaller, typically three-lobed leaflets, creating a fine, feathery texture. These leaves are often an appealing shade of green, offering a lush backdrop for the blooms. The flowers of inside-out flower are particularly striking. They are small and dangle on slender stalks, creating a light and airy feel. The blossoms have a unique structure where the petals curl backward, which is the basis for its common name, as they appear to be turned inside out. These white to ivory petals encircle a set of yellowish stamens, presenting an attractive contrast that is sure to catch the eye. The overall effect is a delicate and whimsical presence that can add a touch of elegance to its surroundings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Inside-out Flower, White Inside-out Flower, Northern Inside-out Flower.

    • Common names

      Vancouveria hexandra.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra) is not commonly known to be toxic to humans. There is limited information available on the toxicity of this plant, and it is not typically listed among plants that cause poisoning in humans when ingested. However, it is always advisable to exercise caution and avoid eating plants that are not generally recognized as edible, as individual reactions can vary and some plants may have undocumented effects.

    • To pets

      Inside-Out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra) is not commonly known to be toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. The available information on this plant does not suggest a notable risk of poisoning if pets were to ingest it. Nonetheless, pet owners should generally prevent their animals from consuming non-food plants, as they may cause gastrointestinal upset or other issues in some cases, even in the absence of documented toxicity.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Erosion control: Vancouveria hexandra, commonly known as inside-out flower, has a spreading habit that helps stabilize soil, reducing erosion on slopes and banks.
    • Habitat support: It provides habitat and ground cover for small wildlife, creating a healthier ecosystem.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, the inside-out flower is fairly drought-tolerant, making it suitable for xeriscaping and low-water-use gardens.
    • Shade-loving: The plant thrives in shady conditions, making it a good choice for underplanting in woodland gardens or shaded areas.
    • Aesthetic appeal: With its unique, delicate flowers and attractive foliage, it adds visual interest to shade gardens or naturalized areas.
    • Low maintenance: The inside-out flower requires minimal care once established, making it a convenient option for gardeners seeking low-maintenance plants.
    • Ground cover: It can spread to form a dense mat, which is excellent for covering large areas of ground and suppressing weeds naturally.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Vancouveria hexandra, commonly known as inside-out flower, can be used in landscape designs for its attractive foliage, offering a unique texture under trees in shaded garden areas.
    • The inside-out flower's dense mat-like growth habit makes it a good erosion control plant for sloping sites in shady locations.
    • Its delicate flowers and interesting leaf shape can be used in fairy gardens to create a miniature, whimsical woodland setting.
    • The leaves of the inside-out flower can serve as a subtle green backdrop in floral arrangements, complementing more colorful blooms.
    • As groundcover, the inside-out flower can be used to underplant larger shrubs or trees, providing a living mulch that keeps the soil moist and cool.
    • Inside-out flower can be used to highlight a garden path or border with its texture and foliage when planted along the edges.
    • The plant's ability to thrive in shade makes it an excellent choice for filling in areas under decks or stairs where few other plants can survive.
    • Gardeners may use the interesting, deeply divided leaves of the inside-out flower for botanical prints or nature crafts.
    • In educational gardens, the inside-out flower can be planted to demonstrate the beauty of indigenous plants of the Pacific Northwest to students and visitors.
    • The plant can be used as a natural green carpet in forest-themed set designs for theatre or film, providing an authentic woodland floor.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Inside-out flower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Inside-out flower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Vancouveria hexandra, commonly known as Inside-out flower, often grows in challenging conditions, symbolizing the ability to thrive despite adversity.
    • Intrigue: With its unique flower structure that appears to be turned inside out, the Inside-out flower represents mystery and the allure of the unknown.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Inside-out flower prefers consistently moist soil, so regular watering is essential. Depending on the climate and the environment, water the plant once or twice a week with approximately half to one gallon of water each time. During the growing season in spring and summer, you might need to water more frequently. When the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, it is time to water again. In the fall and winter, reduce the frequency to prevent waterlogging, which can be harmful to the plant.

  • sunLight

    Inside-out flower thrives in partial to full shade conditions. It should be placed in a location that receives dappled sunlight or only morning sun, as intense afternoon sun can scorch the delicate leaves. A north-facing or east-facing spot is ideal for the plant to receive the appropriate amount of light without being exposed to too harsh conditions.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Inside-out flower grows best in a temperature range of 60°F to 70°F. This plant can tolerate a minimum temperature down to around 50°F and a maximum up to about 80°F. Keep the plant in an environment that avoids temperature extremes, as it can be sensitive to sudden changes in temperature.

  • scissorsPruning

    Inside-out flower requires minimal pruning, primarily to maintain shape and remove any damaged or yellowing leaves. Prune in the early spring before new growth begins. This encourages a denser growth and a more visually appealing form. It is usually enough to prune once a year.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Inside-out flower, or Vancouveria hexandra, thrives best in acidic to neutral soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0. The ideal soil mix is a blend of rich, organic matter such as compost or leaf mold, coarse sand, and a well-draining potting mix to retain moisture without becoming waterlogged.

  • plantRepotting

    Inside-out flower generally does not require frequent repotting. It may be repotted once every 2-3 years to refresh the soil, or when the plant has outgrown its container, which is less common due to its moderate growth rate.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Inside-out flower prefers moderate to high humidity levels. Ideally, the plant should be kept in an environment where the humidity is consistently above 50%, mimicking its native woodland habitat.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Use a shady spot, well-draining soil, and keep moist for indoor inside-out flower growth.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in shade, keep soil moist, and protect inside-out flower from harsh sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of the plant commonly known as Inside-out Flower (Vancouveria hexandra) begins with seed germination, which occurs in moist, shady conditions, usually in forest understories. Once the seed germinates, a small seedling emerges, slowly developing a rhizomatous root system that allows the plant to spread. The plant grows into a mature specimen featuring a low-lying, leafy canopy that hides delicate, nodding, white to cream flowers that appear to be turned inside out, usually blooming in late spring to early summer. After pollination, typically by small insects, the flowers develop into dry, capsule-like fruits containing seeds. The seeds are dispersed into the surrounding environment by various means, including being shaken free by wind or animal movement. The Vancouveria hexandra then continues its growth, typically as a perennial, dying back to the rhizome in winter and re-emerging in spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • Inside-Out Flower, scientifically known as Vancouveria hexandra, can be propagated through division, which is the most popular method for this species. The ideal time to propagate Inside-Out Flower is in the early spring or fall when the plant is not in active growth. The process involves carefully digging up an established clump and gently separating the rhizomes, ensuring that each division has at least one growth node. These divisions can then be replanted immediately in a well-prepared soil with good drainage, ideally in a shady area to mimic their natural habitat. Water the newly planted divisions thoroughly to help establish them. Regular watering should continue until the plants are well established, after which they become relatively drought-tolerant.