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
1 rating

Friday - April 03, 2009

From: san diego, CA
Region: California
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: What will grow under a California Pepper tree?
Answered by: Jimmy Mills

QUESTION:

What will grow under a California Pepper tree with a shady area oak tree nearby in a coastal community?

ANSWER:

 Mr. Smarty Plants is not sure of what kinds of plants you have in mind, but he will tell you how you can determine the answer to your question.

Go to our Recommended Species page, click Southern California on the map, and you will obtain a list of 208 commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in Southern California. To trim this list down, chose the NARROW YOUR SEACH option, and make the following choices; chose Califronia under State, All Habits under Habit, Perennial under duration, and Shade under light requirement.  Click the Narrow Your Search button, and your list now has 14 plants. Clicking on each plant's name will bring up the NPIN page for that plant which has information about growth characteristics as well as images of the plant. You can alter the list by choosing different parameters under the NARROW YOUR SEARCH option. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Shade Tolerant Questions

Hedge shrub for shade in Jacksonville FL
January 17, 2013 - Looking for shrub or hedge ( no Azaleas please )to line front of house that is full time shade in Jacksonville Florida ( something different, on the lines of tropical if possible).
view the full question and answer

Ground cover for Dallas in shade and partial shade
June 02, 2010 - What ground cover plants will grow in full shade- partial shade in the clay soil of Dallas?
view the full question and answer

Native evergreen for shade
August 28, 2008 - Hi, I am looking for a plant that is evergreen (or semi evergreen), native to central Texas, and shade tolerant. This is for a Wildscape area in San Marcos. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
view the full question and answer

Small, drought and shade-tolerant perennials for Austin, Texas
March 22, 2010 - We need suggestions for small, drought- and shade-tolerant perennials to be planted in Austin, Texas, please.
view the full question and answer

Low evergreen drought-resistant shrubs for area in partial shade
January 03, 2014 - I promised my mom to help her with some new plants for her house, so here goes. She lives near Waco on Blackland clay soil. The problem area is right in front of the house. It only receives a few hour...
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 | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center