Ground Cover for Wet, Sunny Area - Knowledgebase Question

Columbia, MS
Question by benji7
March 2, 2000
We have an area that stays wet because of an underground spring. The area is approximately 30 feet wide by 120 feet long. It has full sun. Would (Houttuynia cordata) 'Chameleon" be suitable for this area? If so, how many plants would it take to start covering it and how long would it take to spread? Would the current grass need to be killed or would this plant smother it out?


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 2000

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Houttuynia 'Chameleon' is an excellent choice as a ground cover for your sunny, wet area. It's always best to remove grass before setting in other plants. Because your area is so large, you may want to start in one smaller area, remove the grass, and transplant the ground cover 12 to 15 inches apart. Even though this colorful ground cover is a vigorous grower which spreads by rhizomes, some weeding will be needed until it becomes fully established. Once thickly established, you won't have to worry about any but the occasional weed!

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