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GROUND COVER: Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster)

This week’s Tried and True Native Plant Selection for the Mid-Atlantic is the ground cover Eurybia divaricata (White Wood Aster). This sprawling aster traditionally blooms in late summer to early fall with numerous clusters of small white flowers. Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Persicaria virginiana (Virginia Knotweed)

This week’s Tried and True Native Plant for the Mid-Atlantic, Persicaria virginiana (Virginia Knotweed) is an excellent replacement for many non-native ground covers such as English Ivy, Creeping Lily-Turf, Japanese Knotweed, and Periwinkle.
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GROUND COVER: Sedum ternatum (Wild Stonecrop)

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This lovely ground cover, the most widespread native member of the Sedum family in eastern North America, favors rocky banks, cliffs, and woods. Its tiny white star-like flowers with five pointed petals rise in showy clusters above succulent foliage in the spring.
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GROUND COVER: Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple)

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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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PERENNIAL/GROUND COVER: Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox)

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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: Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)

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Indigenous mostly to southern Virginia, this diminutive iris is also native to Fairfax and Prince William counties as well as seven counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Its colorful blooms and easy culture make it a valuable addition to a woodland garden. Spring flowers in various shades of purple form a lovely carpet. Continue reading

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