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Question: I have a plant that looks like ground cover but with semi large leaves and pretty small white flowers on it. The problem is that I have a huge tree in the front and would like to plant something that will last green all year round underneath it. I was hoping that you can tell me what kind of ground cover I have? Can I and how can I take from this and have it grow? Any other ideas instead?

Answer: I can't really even venture a guess as to what your plant might be. There are literally hundreds of plants with small white flowers! You should be able to dig and divide the plant, though. Just cut into it with a shovel, taking a shovel sized piece of the plant, with roots attached. Examine the root system so you can see how it grows. Then divide the shovelful so that each division has both roots and foliage. Replant in a similar spot in your garden, or pot up each division in a separate container and keep the divisions well watered. They should re-establish their roots in a few short weeks.

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