Achlys triphylla, Vanilla Leaf

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Horizontally-held, fresh green trifoliate leaves contrast with the dark rich forest duff Vanilla Leaf loves to grow in. It should be used more often as the lush woodland ground cover that it is. 14" tall, deciduous, spreading, and looks like a moose-head and antlers! March to June fluffy white flower spikes rise about 6" above the leaves, studding the forest carpet. If you were wondering, the dry, dead leaves do smell like vanilla, giving rise to one of its common names: Sweet-After-Death. It can be drought-tolerant once established but prefers moist, well-draining soil. Native to the West Coast of North America to about 5,000 feet.

Projected availability 2020

Minimum temperature: -20° F