Ground Cover Under Pine Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Vista, CA
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Question by kkalt
September 30, 2000
I have a large slope above a pool, half in full sun, and half in the shade of a large pine tree which drops needles all year. We also have a rat and bee problem, so can't have any high-growing or bee-attracting ground cover. I have planted several types of cover by plug, but can't find anything that will grow under the pine tree, in sun, and in shade. Also, if at all possible, I would love to plant from seed.

Answer from NGA
September 30, 2000
The situation you describe is difficult at best, but ground ivy will grow under the pine (and it rarely flowers). You might also consider Houttuynia, Oxalis oregana or Euonymus fortunei. I can't locate seeds for you, but flats of cuttings should be reasonably inexpensive if purchased early in the spring. Good luck with your planting area!

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