The Q&A Archives: Flowers grown under the redwood trees.

Question: Please could you e-mail me the names of the flowers that grow under the very acidic redwood trees ? And preferably deer resistant. Thanks.

Answer: Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana), redwood violets (Viola sempervirens) or darling little wild strawberries are all native groundcovers that thrive in the moist humus of decomposing redwood needles. Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum), trilliums (Chloropetalum or T. ovatum) and bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa) can thrive in shade. Wild ginger, white fairy lantern, checkered lily, California fawn lily and pink star tulip are native bulbs and plants that grow under redwoods. Deer usually pass up such native plants in search of something more exotic so I think your new plants will be safe. Hope so!

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