what to grow under juniper tree - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by drbrinkley
March 18, 2010
My grass won't grow under a large juniper tree (male) which gets a lot of western sun exposure, so the area is bare. What kind of plants would work well here-I've converted it to a small enclosed area.

Answer from NGA
March 18, 2010
One of the problems with planting beneath a juniper is that the soil will be on the dry side and anything you plant will have to compete with the juniper roots for moisture and nutrients. Because of this I'd recommend planting Texas natives. The following perennials should perform well for you in the are:
Perennial Winecups (Callirho? involucrata), Sundrops (Calylophus berlandieri), Cutleaf Daisy (Engelmannia peristenea), Purple Prairie Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida), Gayfeather, Blazing Star (Liatris mucronata), Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum), Pink Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa), Foxglove, Penstemon (Penstemon cobaea), Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea), Velvetleaf Senna (Senna lindheimeriana), Four-Nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa), Greenthread (Thelesperma filifolia), Zexmenia (Wedelia texana). Although these are drought tolerant once established, be sure to water them regularly their first growing season. Best wishes with your landscape!

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