Plant ID forum: Potential Ground Cover

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Apr 24, 2017 3:26 PM CST
Hello folks. I'm new to the forum. I just built a house on a 10 acre wooded lot and have about half an acre of cleared land on the southern, sunny side of the house. Our plan was to let much of the ground go back to the woods, but we also have these really nice meadows covered with these small yellow flowers.

So a couple of questions. What is this yellow flower? Would it make a good ground cover around the house? How would I go about planting this stuff? The house in in eastern PA and as you can see, this plant seems to like the soil.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 24, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Ah-Oh! Lesser Celandine
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Apr 25, 2017 7:20 AM CST

Just read about Lesser Celandine. Not what I'm looking for. And as you can see, I already have a lot of it back in the woods. Sounds like it's going to be almost impossible to get rid of. I'm bummed because I thought this was going to be perfect. Deer don't seem to like it, it keeps the poison ivy from creeping back into the cleared area, and I don't have to mow.

Any recommendations for a non invasive substitute? I was thinking Green and Gold or even Pennsylvania Sedge, although the later needs to be planted as plugs and at over half an acre, that seems like too big a job for me.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Apr 25, 2017 7:59 AM CST
I've observed a couple different forms of green and gold.... The kind that grows wild locally forms small colonies, and never takes over.... And, then there's a nursery variety, that runs like mad will take over any space available to it... Of course, the drought last year pretty much did it in at my house, but not a bit of it in town.
So... Telling them apart? Getting the desirable restrained variety, and not the aggressive kind?
Im not sure.... Pretty much need someone to show you in side by side pots.

The problem with ground covers.... Is most are very aggressive.
Maybe check out the discussion about rattlesnake weed....
The thread "These things are everywhere!" in Plant ID forum

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