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Achlys triphylla


Achlys triphylla is a unique ground cover attractive to pollinators and hummingbirds. The dried three-part leaves smell like vanilla.

Achlys triphylla is a hardy three-leaved groundcover noted for the vanilla scent of the dried leaves and fragrant, creamy white, pipe-cleaner shaped flower spikes which are attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. They like soil rich in humus and are found in forest/woodland locations and along the edges.

Common Name: Vanilla Leaf

Family: Berberidaceae (The Barberry Family)

Zone Hardiness: 6-9

Light: Part Shade, Full Shade, Part Sun

Height: 8-12"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Spring - Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes


Benefits: Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees

Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: Yes

Native Habitat: Moist to mesic open or closed forests in the lowland and montane zones.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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