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Tuesday - March 27, 2007

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Native plants for dry shade in Austin
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I live in North Austin, and I'd like to find plants that would work in dry shade. This area does receive a couple of hours of morning sun, and I've had great luck with Hinckley's Columbine. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

ANSWER:

Here are a few plants that should work for your area in dry, partial shade:


Malvaviscus arboreus (Turk's cap or wax mallow)

Salvia coccinea (blood sage or scarlet sage)

Salvia engelmannii (Engelmann's sage)

Ruellia occidentalis (western wild petunia)

Triodanis perfoliata (clasping Venus' looking-glass)

Chasmanthium latifolium (Indian woodoats)

 


Malvaviscus arboreus

Salvia coccinea

Salvia engelmannii

Ruellia occidentalis

Triodanis perfoliata

Chasmanthium latifolium
 

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