Pacific Waterleaf Carpeting the Park Ground

Now is the time to walk in the park to see the Pacific Waterleaf rolling out like magic! This perennial plant (Hydrophyllum tenuipes) is a native from British Columbia to northern California.  It spreads by rhizomes forming large colonies in shady wooded areas that have high water tables. The flowers are about to bloom, they are greenish-white to lavender.  The plant grows to about 2 ft in height. Leaves can be up to 12″ long and 8″ wide.  The leaves or lobes are deeply cut and toothed with sharp points. Soft hairs on the leaves make them feel fuzzy. The Pacific Waterleaf is an aggressive native groundcover perfectly capable of competing for space with English Ivy.

Juanita Heights Park Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes)

Juanita Heights Park Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes)

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