Tag Archives: Ground cover

PERENNIAL:  Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This lovely wildflower is native to rich forests and fields in portions of the Mid-Atlantic Region including NoVA (except Prince William County). As the species name divaricata suggests, this shade-loving phlox has a spreading habit, making it a good woodland ground cover. Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

This native ground cover spreads to carpet the floor of mixed deciduous forests from Canada to Florida. Its showy white flowers emerge from two- leaved plants in early spring, but can be hidden by the umbrella-like leaves. Its edible fruit, the mayapple, can be used for preserves and jellies. Continue reading

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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Japanese Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Japanese Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis)
Although Japanese pachysandra is widely available at conventional garden centers, it is not a good choice for woodland gardens or stream banks as it can easily escape cultivation. I
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Invasive Plant Factsheet: Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)

2020 Invasive Plant Factsheet: Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei)
This invasive ground cover is still commercially available. Now forests are being degraded by its rapid spread as it smothers wildflowers and overtops trees. Continue reading

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