Contact Us Host an Event Volunteer Join

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

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
5 ratings

Friday - December 21, 2012

From: San Anselmo, CA
Region: California
Topic: Shade Tolerant, Vines
Title: Vine for complete shade in California
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I'm looking for a vine to put over my back door which is in complete shade.

ANSWER:

There aren't too many vines that are native to your part of California that will grow in complete shade, but here are four attractive ones that will.

Clematis ligusticifolia (Western white clematis)  Here are photos and more information from CalFlora and  Yerba Buena Nursery in Woodside and from Bay Natives Nursery in San Francisco.

Lathyrus vestitus (Pacific pea)   Here are photos and more information from CalFlora and from Bay Natives Nursery in San Francisco.

Lonicera hispidula (Pink honeysuckle)  Here are photos and more information from CalFlora and from Yerba Buena Nursery and Bay Natives Nursery.

Lonicera ciliosa (Orange honeysuckle)   Here are photos and more information from CalFlora and from Seven Oaks Native Nursery near Albany, Oregon.  This one occurs a bit further north than Marin County but would probably do well there.

 

From the Image Gallery


Western white clematis
Clematis ligusticifolia

Orange honeysuckle
Lonicera ciliosa

Pink honeysuckle
Lonicera hispidula

More Shade Tolerant Questions

Plants to grow under pine trees in Riverside, CA
October 15, 2014 - Please tell me what plants would do well under pine trees in somewhat moist soil in Riverside, Ca. Also, I would prefer perennials that are easy to weed. (I currently have violets which are overrun wi...
view the full question and answer

Growing non-vascular moss as a lawn from Seattle WA
July 27, 2013 - I have lots of moss in my back yard. How can I encourage it to grow over the whole yard?
view the full question and answer

Arborvitae thinning in Bucks County, PA
April 09, 2010 - My arborvitae trees are about 11 ft. tall. I had them put in about 3 years ago. They were 8 to 10 ft. when planted. After the first year, I have noticed they are thinning to the point where you can se...
view the full question and answer

Native flowering vine for trellis in shade in Henrico, VA
April 07, 2010 - I live in Henrico, Virginia and have a trellis in a shady area. I am looking for a native vine to grow, preferably one that flowers and attracts birds and/or butterflies. What do you advise?
view the full question and answer

Native shrub for shade in New Braunfels, Texas
July 26, 2010 - Recently moved to New Braunfels and purchased a house whose backyard consists of giant oaks. Unfortunately there is a chain link fence along the back of the property. I would like to plant a native f...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.