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Question: I am looking for a low growing ground cover that: 1. Is not invasive 2. Is not vinelike 3. Can handle almost any soil without a lot of special care (terrain is rough, has many small trees and bushes, so can not be mowed) 4. Is colorful 5. Will grow OVER an area that, until chemically killed, was covered with some sort of vine which is extremely invasive, has vines up to about 10 feet long ( attaching itself to the earth along the way) and has yellow flowers...a real curse.

I am wondering if either or both of two plants I have found on the WEB will do the job (I would like to use both for a mix of colors). The plants are: Golden Star (Chrysogonum Virginiamum) and Bugleweed Black Scallop (ajuga reptans).

I just bought this place, and I don't a thing about plants, so any help you can give me, including a reco re better plant choices will be greatly appreciated

Answer: Edward,

Your specifications for a plant are quite restrictive and there will not be a long list of possible options. The Golden Star will grow in your area but needs a partial sun location, not full sun. I'm not sure if you site gets too much or not but this will be the main factor. Bugleweed likewise can't take much sun but also needs a very bright shade with some dappled sun or morning sun to do its best. These plants will need moderate soil moisture to thrive.

The following web site list some good groundcover options for Florida:

You might also contact your local County Extension Office for a list of plants they recommend.

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