Groundcovers for Shade in Florida - Knowledgebase Question

Gainesville, Fl
Question by gwinsplace
June 30, 2010
On the left side of my house, it is very shaded and the soil is primarily sand so nothing grows there. I would like to plant some low groundcover that will fill this area and not look so sandy. I realize good ground cover spreads over time and I am patient. What do you recommend?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


That's a difficult growing condition, but here are groundcovers that take shade and are not fussy about soil: Small leaf confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum); Cape-weed/lippia matchweed (Phyla nodiflora) is a nectar source for butterflies; lily turf (Liriope muscari), or creeping lilyturf (Liriope spicata) is a spreading form with purple to white flowers that covers faster than the common type; Setcreasea pallida 'Purple Heart' has purple foliage. Also, coontie (Zamia integrifolia) is a native cycad that likes dense shade but will take some sun. It's not a groundcover per se, but might but work to add visual interest. I hope these ideas help!

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