Ground Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Palm Harbor, Fl
Question by rwivagg
August 7, 2008
I'm looking for a low ground cover that will grow in moderate shade and thrives with reclaimed water.


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Answer from NGA
August 7, 2008

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Some shade loving plants for your region include:
PEPEROMIA (Peperomia sp.) Grows to 8-inches. Prefers an acid moist soil. Evergreen ground cover with a tropical look. It is brittle and will not tolerate foot traffic Cold tolerant. Grows in full shade.

INLAND SEA OATS (Chasmanthium latifolium) Grows to 3-ft. Prefers moist sites. Dried seed heads good in floral decorations.
Grows in full shade.

WILD PLUMBAGO (Plumbago scandens) Grows to maximum 3ft. Hardy coastal ground cover with small white flowers throughout the year. Excellent butterfly attractor. Grows in partial to full shade.

PROSTRATE PETUNIA (Ruellia caroliniensis, sp) Grows to maximum 8 inches.
Evergreen ground cover with small purple flower most of the year. Spreads by seed. Grows in full shade.

SPIDERWORT (Tradescantia ohiensis) Grows to maximum 18 inches. Quickly spreading fast growing evergreen ground cover with either blue or white flowers.
Prefers moist site. Grows in full shade.

FLORIDA VOILET (Viola affinis & Viola primulifolia ) Grows to 6 inches. Prefers moist, acid soil. Spreads quickly by seed. Blue or white flowers in spring. Grows in full shade.

SCORPION TAIL (Heliotropium angiospermum) Grows to 2ft. Prefers wooded site. Good butterfly attractor. Long white terminal flowers. Grows in full shade.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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