ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by csmabc
July 12, 2010
What perennial ground covering ivy can I use (other than English Ivy) that won't attract white flies & aphids?

Answer from NGA
July 12, 2010
Aphids will attack the tender new growth of any ground cover you might grow; whiteflies also like tender leaves. About the only groundcovering plants that are not attractive to aphids or whiteflies are those with succulent leaves such as rock cress, needled plants such as creeping junipers, and hairy leaves such as you'd find on creeping thyme. Ivy of any variety does not fall into any of these categories so if you want to grow ivy you'll need to be on the lookout for these pests and spray with Insecticidal Soap if the population becomes too large. Wish I had better news for you.

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