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Friday - July 06, 2012

From: Gettysburg, PA
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: User Comments, Shade Tolerant, Herbs/Forbs, Trees
Title: Native violets under maples from Gettysburg PA
Answered by: Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

Just for your info (no need to post or reply), I saw an old post of a question of something to grow under maples. In central PA, native violets grow very well under several species of maples in lawns and form a dense ground cover of their beautiful leaves, with the added bonus of flowers and sweet smell in spring. They are not bothered by occasional mowing.

ANSWER:

Thank you!

 

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