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Pacific Waterleaf leaves (Hydrophyllum tenuipes). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Close-up of Pacific Waterleaf flower (Hydrophyllum tenuipes). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Pacific Waterleaf leaves (Hydrophyllum tenuipes). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Pacific Waterleaf

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Hydrophyllum tenuipes

  • Size at maturity: 1' tall
  • Canopy layer: groundcover
  • Light requirements: full shade, part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist soil
  • Special features: bumblebee favorite

This herbaceous, perennial plant is native to much of western OR and WA and northwester CA. It spreads easily by rhizomes to form large colonies in wooded areas. The flowers are greenish-white to lavender, appearing in mid to late spring, and are awe-inspiring and intricate when viewed up-close - also favored by bumblebees. 

Photo Credit 1 & 3: "Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes)" by Holy Outlaw is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 

Photo Credit 2: "Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes)" by La.Catholique is licensed under CC BY 2.0