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Whipplea
Whipplea modesta
  
About Whipplea (Whipplea modesta) 7 Nurseries Carry This Plant Whipplea is a monotypic genus containing the single species Whipplea modesta, which is known by several common names including common whipplea, yerba de selva, and modesty. It is a dicot shrub or sub-shrub in the Hydrangeaceae family, native to the Pacific Coastal region of the United States. Whipplea appears to have been first recorded in 1853 by the Scottish botanical explorer John Jeffrey in the Umpqua Valley near Mount Shasta, California, and named for Lieutenant Amiel Weeks Whipple (1817-1863), American surveyor and engineer.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub, Vine

Size
Size
4 - 7.9 in tall
2 ft wide

Form
Form
Spreading

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
None

Flower Color
Flower Color
White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Adaptable. Soil PH: 5.0 - 7.0

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Other natives found on forest floors such as Cornus stolonifera, Heucheras, Satureja Douglasiana, Iris douglasiana, or Mahonia pinnata

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: No treatment. May also propogate by layering or with rooted sections.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
4*, 5*, 6*, 7, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Streambanks, coastal scrub, chaparral, forest, open areas

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 11.8" - 153.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.22" - 5.84", Coldest Month: 36.6" - 49.6", Hottest Month: 57.1" - 76.3", Humidity: 0.01" - 24.49", Elevation: 17" - 6138"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Common Whipplea, Modesty, Yerba De Selva


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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