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Monday - September 21, 2009

From: Chevy Chase, MD
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Groundcovers
Title: Groundcover for Maryland to replace English ivy
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What is a suitable ground cover native replacement for english ivy? Native to Maryland.

ANSWER:

Hooray for you for replacing your English ivy (Hedera helix)!  Here are several possible alternatives.  Since I don't know your growing conditions (e.g., available sunlight, moisture, etc.) you will need to read the "Growing Conditions" for each plant to be sure that they match your site.

Shrubs:

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (kinnikinnick) evergreen

Empetrum nigrum (black crowberry) evergreen

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry dogwood)

Mitchella repens (partridgeberry) evergreen

Gaultheria procumbens (eastern teaberry) evergreen

Perennial herbs:

Asarum canadense (Canadian wildginger)

Phlox divaricata (wild blue phlox) evergreen

Pachysandra procumbens (Allegheny-spurge) semi-evergreen

Chrysogonum virginianum (green and gold) semi-evergreen

Ferns:

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern) evergreen

Grasses/sedges:

Chasmanthium latifolium (Inland sea oats)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carex texensis (Texas sedge) evergreen

You can look through our Maryland Recommended list for other possibilities.


Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Empetrum nigrum

Cornus canadensis

Mitchella repens

Gaultheria procumbens

Asarum canadense

Phlox divaricata

Pachysandra procumbens

Chrysogonum virginianum

Adiantum pedatum

Polystichum acrostichoides

Chasmanthium latifolium

Carex pensylvanica

Carex texensis

 

 

 

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