Whipplea modesta
Whipplea modesta

Whipplea modesta


A semi- deciduous to evergreen low growing,  trailing groundcover.

Modesty is a hardy and delightful groundcover in shade.  On a slope it can help keep the soil in place.

In warmer inland areas occasional summer water can improve appearance.  In cooler foggy areas it can go without any supplemental water.  Relatively drought tolerant once established.

In flower, modesty bears tight panicles of numerous tiny while saxifrage-like flowers. The white flowers are inconspicuous, and works well with Heucheras, Yerba buena, and Douglas Iris.


Sun:  Part Shade, Shade
Water: Dry, Light, Moderate
Soil: Clay, Loam
Other: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Erosion Control
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Ecological Value

Good for erosion control on shady banks.

Historical Uses

No Historical Uses found.


native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.


Between 0 and 4593 feet


Redwood Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Yellow Pine Forest


This species is usually found in open or shady places, on dry and rocky slopes.