ground cover - Knowledgebase Question

Riverside, CA (Zone 8B)
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Question by alejandramar
August 16, 2006
I have a small partial sun/shady area that is continually moist and in some parts slightly muddy. I need a ground cover to fill in between the plants to suppress weed growth. I want scotch moss, but I'm afraid the moist conditions will cause harm to the scotch moss. Should I consider another ground cover or can I get scotch moss to grow there? The water issue is caused by the sprinkler, which I don't plan to fix.

Answer from NGA
August 16, 2006
Pachysandra will work, as will Astilbe, Baby?s tears? (Soleirolia soleirolii), or Calthea?. Of these, Baby's Tears most closely resembles Scotch Moss and it thrives in shady/partially sunny spots.

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