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

Wednesday - July 02, 2014

From: Albany, NY
Region: Northeast
Topic: Groundcovers, Shade Tolerant
Title: Groundcover for part shade in Albany NY
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Hello! I'm looking for: a native ground cover, mostly shade with only some morning sun, on a slope, edible is preferred but not necessity, mostly clay type soil for the Albany, NY area. Thanks for your help!

ANSWER:

The following are native plants that grow in Albany County, New York or an adjacent county and would make good groundcovers:

Carex blanda (Eastern woodland sedge) Here is more information from Evergreen Native Plant Database.

Fragaria virginiana (Virginia strawberry) is edible.  Here is more information from Illinois Wildflowers.

Lycopodium digitatum (Fan clubmoss)  Here is more information from Plants of Southern New Jersey.

Phlox divaricata (Wild blue phlox)  Here is more information from Missouri Botanical Garden.

Potentilla simplex (Common cinquefoil) is edible.   Here is more information from Alternative Nature Online Herbal.

Rubus pubescens (Dwarf red blackberry) is edible but needs moisture to grow well.   Here is more information from Northern Ontario Plant Database.

Sedum ternatum (Woodland stonecrop)  Here is more information from Missouri Botanical Garden.

 

From the Image Gallery


Eastern woodland sedge
Carex blanda

Virginia strawberry
Fragaria virginiana

Fan clubmoss
Lycopodium digitatum

Wild blue phlox
Phlox divaricata

Common cinquefoil
Potentilla simplex

Dwarf red blackberry
Rubus pubescens

Woodland stonecrop
Sedum ternatum

More Groundcovers Questions

Ground covers for Denton, Texas
May 17, 2007 - Hi, I live in "The Colony", Texas. I want to have a garden that is evergreen and colorful and low maintenance. Also looking for ground covers as do not have time to remove weeds growing in the flow...
view the full question and answer

Ground cover for partly sunny, wet area in Cypress, TX
March 19, 2007 - I am in need of a ground cover to plant in an area close to our entryway. The area is shady to partly sunny, holds water in rainy weather, and has a shrub border. We are in Texas. Any ideas? Thank...
view the full question and answer

Drought-Tolerant, Evergreen Groundcover for CA
August 21, 2014 - We are looking for a drought tolerant, evergreen groundcover for California. I am considering Sarcococca hookeriana and Cotoneaster dammeri but don't know if they're the best options for the area. I...
view the full question and answer

Groundcover for Bonsall, CA
October 17, 2012 - I live in Bonsall, CA. (San Diego) I have 3 acres, flat and sloped that are graded dirt. (DG and sheep poop from previous owner). It is getting close to mud season and I'd like to plant winter cover...
view the full question and answer

Ground cover for Brooklyn, NY
January 25, 2013 - Hi Mr Smarty Plants, I'm looking for a fast growing ground cover for my Brooklyn, NY back yard. The area is nestled between 3 buildings and a fairly large tree, so most of the day its shady, but ...
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