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Friday - March 21, 2008

From: San Antonio, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Groundcover for shade in San Antonio
Answered by: Nan Hampton and Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

I have a large red oak tree in the front yard. It is keeping any sun except filtered underneath. Faces n/w and in san antonio. I need a ground cover that is drought tolerant and likes the shade and heat.

ANSWER:

Mr. Smarty Plants thinks that this sounds like a job for sedges.  Here are a few suggested ones:

Carex planostachys (cedar sedge)

Carex texensis (Texas sedge)

Some broadleaf possibilities are:

Calyptocarpus vialis (Straggler daisy)

Geum Canadense (White Avens)

Salvia lyrata, (Lyre-leaf sage)

Salvia coccinea, (Scarlet sage)

Salvia roemeriana, (Cedar sage)

 

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Cedar sedge
Carex planostachys

Texas sedge
Carex texensis

Straggler daisy
Calyptocarpus vialis

White avens
Geum canadense

Lyreleaf sage
Salvia lyrata

Scarlet sage
Salvia coccinea

Cedar sage
Salvia roemeriana

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