En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Thursday - April 10, 2014

From: Muncy, PA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Plant Lists, Shade Tolerant
Title: Full Shade Plants for Muncy PA
Answered by: Larry Larson

QUESTION:

I need a suggestion for almost full shade plants for central Pennsylvania.

ANSWER:

You have lots of choices!   This question is a perfect application for one of the Wildflower Center websites slickest features.

If you look to the left of the webpage, one of the links available is to “Recommended Species”.  Within that link, you can choose the different plant lists by state, province, ecoregion or a few other popular choices.

  If I choose Pennsylvania, the full list of native plants found in Pennsylvania is presented in this link.   But that is not all!  On the right side of this webpage there is the capability to reduce the listing by sorting for several key aspects.  These include general appearance, light requirement, water requirement, bloom color and height.  You can sort that list by any or all of these criteria.  Simply choosing “Full Shade” results in the list at this link.  There are 68 different species!

Here’s a small selection of the plants native to Pennsylvania that are on this list:

Wildflowers (Herbs):   Actaea rubra (Red baneberry)Coreopsis lanceolata (Lanceleaf coreopsis)Phlox divaricata (Wild blue phlox)

Shrubs:   Ceanothus americanus (New jersey tea)Gaylussacia baccata (Black huckleberry)Vaccinium angustifolium (Late lowbush blueberry)

Trees:   Acer saccharum (Sugar maple),  Ilex opaca (American holly)Larix laricina (Tamarack)

This is only a start at the information available in the website and in the various references; If you dig just a little deeper there is a wealth of information available for your consideration.  For instance, if you want to REALLY focus down on plants native to Muncy, the USDA link will show whether a plant is native to a county level.

 

 

From the Image Gallery


Red baneberry
Actaea rubra

Lanceleaf coreopsis
Coreopsis lanceolata

Wild blue phlox
Phlox divaricata

New jersey tea
Ceanothus americanus

Black huckleberry
Gaylussacia baccata

Late lowbush blueberry
Vaccinium angustifolium

Sugar maple
Acer saccharum

American holly
Ilex opaca

Tamarack
Larix laricina

More Shade Tolerant Questions

Deer resistant, drought and shade tolerant plants to go under oak tree in Austin
March 21, 2011 - What is the best deer resistant, drought resistant native plant to grow under my huge Oak tree? Grass does not grow. Will iris bloom?
view the full question and answer

Shrub or small tree for dappled shade in San Antonio
April 18, 2010 - I'm looking for an attractive bush or small tree that will grow in dry, dappled shade. I'd prefer one that does not form fruit-I don't want the neighborhood skunks visiting my yard.(My dog has been...
view the full question and answer

Foundation garden in shade in Durham, NC
April 29, 2009 - I'm trying to replant a 3'x8' garden near the foundation of our house in Durham, NC. This part of the yard gets little, if any, sun and is mostly clay. I've tried adding compost and soil conditi...
view the full question and answer

Flowers under pine trees from Elkhart Indiana
May 02, 2013 - I have a number of pine trees at the back of my lot and would like to plant flowers under the tree. What can I plant?
view the full question and answer

Deer resistant, shade tolerant trees for part shade in Highland MD
March 29, 2013 - Deer resistant privacy trees for partial shady area in Highland, MD.
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center