Crowding Of Azalea Roots By Lily Of The Valley - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Rblatt9141
May 25, 2000
Can lily of the valley crowd out the very shallow rooted azalea shrubs?

Answer from NGA
May 25, 2000
Lily of the valley can be a very aggressive groundcover. It would certainly compete with the azalea for nutrients and moisture. Azaleas are shallow rooted and prefer a moist yet well drained soil; they would do better with only mulch or a very undemanding groundcover such as epimedium around their roots.

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