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 - February 18, 2009

From: Bossier City, LA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Groundcovers
Title: Native grasses for groundcover in Bossier, LA
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

What kind of ground cover can I plant on a slope that gets full sun?

ANSWER:

There are a number of sun-loving grasses that will do very well on the slope you describe. Grasses are the best ground cover for a slope because they have fibrous roots and will form a sod that holds the soil and keeps it from washing away in heavy rains or during irrigation. We are going to go to our Recommended Species, click on Louisiana on the map, NARROW YOUR SEARCH, and then specify "grasses" under Habit and "full sun" (more than 6 hours of sun a day) under Light Requirements and suggest some grasses from that list. You can do the same thing, making your own selections. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we recommend only plants native not only to North America but to the area in which the plants are being grown. Because they are accustomed to the environment, the native plants will require less water, fertilizer and maintenance to flourish. Follow each plant link to the webpage on the individual plants to learn more about their care and culture. At the bottom of each webpage is a link to Google for more information on that specific plant.

GRASSES FOR FULL SUN IN LOUISIANA

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Bouteloua curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Muhlenbergia reverchonii (seep muhly)

Panicum virgatum (switchgrass)


Andropogon gerardii

Bouteloua curtipendula

Muhlenbergia reverchonii

Panicum virgatum

 

 

 

 

 

More Groundcovers Questions

Native plants and grasses for river bank from Rosanky TX
February 19, 2014 - Our property owners association would like to know what native plants/grasses to plant on the Blanco River bank in our river park to help prevent erosion. Some banks are steep and some areas are a gra...
view the full question and answer

Groundcover for Shady Front Beds in OK
July 15, 2014 - I need a groundcover for my front beds in Edmond, OK that are moist and in full shade. The groundcover would primarily be around and under a Japanese maple. Low maintenance is preferred.
view the full question and answer

Short or mowable plant for walkway
June 03, 2008 - I'd like a short and/or mowable plant to use as a walkway in and around a vegetable garden in upstate NY. I was planning on clover, but I want to use a native plant if possible. The native clovers ...
view the full question and answer

Groundcover for primary school in Illinois
January 12, 2010 - I'm looking for a ground cover to plant on primary school grounds. It will need to be able to handle foot traffic. Is there anything that flowers and is a perennial? The area gets full sun and is b...
view the full question and answer

Evergreen groundcover for full sun in Alabama
August 02, 2013 - Mr. Smartyplants, can you suggest a native, evergreen, full-sun groundcover that might thrive in zone 8a? We hope to find a mass planting that would look good beside Heuchera villosa 'autumn bride,...
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