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Monday - August 26, 2013

From: Columbia, MS
Region: Southeast
Topic: Groundcovers
Title: Groundcover for under live oak in Mississippi
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I need a non-invasive ground cover to plant under my live oak.

ANSWER:

Here are several low-growing  plants (less than 1 ft) that will grow in part shade and/or shade and that are known to occur in Marion County or in adjacent areas.  You should read the GROWING CONDITIONS on each of the species' pages to see that they are compatible with your site for soil type and moisture.

Carex cherokeensis (Cherokee sedge)

Chrysogonum virginianum (Green and gold)

Hexastylis arifolia (Littlebrownjug)

Mitchella repens (Partridgeberry)

Pachysandra procumbens (Allegheny spurge)

Phlox divaricata (Wild blue phlox)

Phyla nodiflora (Texas frogfruit)

Smilax pumila (Sarsaparilla vine)

Viola affinis (Sand violet)

Viola pedata (Birdfoot violet)

Viola sororia (Missouri violet)

Viola walteri (Walter�s violet)

 

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Cherokee sedge
Carex cherokeensis

Green and gold
Chrysogonum virginianum

Little brown jug
Hexastylis arifolia

Partridgeberry
Mitchella repens

Allegheny spurge
Pachysandra procumbens

Wild blue phlox
Phlox divaricata

Texas frogfruit
Phyla nodiflora

Sarsaparilla vine
Smilax pumila

Sand violet
Viola affinis

Birdfoot violet
Viola pedata

Missouri violet
Viola sororia

Walter's violet
Viola walteri

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