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Monday - August 02, 2010

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Ground cover for shade that is drought tolerant
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Can you suggest a ground cover or plant that loves shade and is drought tolerant in the Austin Region? If the two do not coexist can you suggest a ground cover for shade.

ANSWER:

Here is a list of native drought-tolerant plants that will grow in shade or part shade in Austin:

Chasmanthium latifolium (Inland sea oats)

Phyla nodiflora (turkey tangle fogfruit)

Calyptocarpus vialis (straggler daisy)

Packera obovata (roundleaf ragwort)

Salvia lyrata (lyreleaf sage)

Carex planostachys (cedar sedge)

Sabal minor (dwarf palmetto)

Aquilegia canadensis (red columbine)

Nolina texana (Texas sacahuista)

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Chasmanthium latifolium

Phyla nodiflora

Calyptocarpus vialis

Calyptocarpus vialis

Packera obovata

Salvia lyrata

Carex planostachys

Sabal minor

Aquilegia canadensis

Nolina texana

 

 

 

 

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