Ground Cover

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Allegheny Spurge
Pachysandra procumbens
-6-12 in. tall
-requires partial or full shade
-prefers humus rich, fertile loam soil
-flowers in early spring

Barren Strawberry
Waldsteinia fragarioides
-maximum height is 6-8 in.
-prefers full sun or partial shade
-prefers well drained soil, tolerates most soil types and can handle drought
-blooms in early summer

Big Bluestem
Andropogon gerardii
-can grow to 2-6 ft.
-prefers full sun
-prefers well drained. deep, fertile, dry soils
-flowers in late summer

Cornus canadensis
-grows 2-8 in. tall
-thrives in partial shade
-prefers moist, well drained, acidic soils
-blooms in late summer

Canada Anemone
Anemone canadensis
-grows 12-20 in. tall
-prefers full sun to partial shade
-prefers slighty acidic, moist, sandy loam soils
-bloom mid summer

Common Cinquefoil
Potentilla simplex
-less than 1 in. in height
-perfers partial to full sun
-tolerant of loam, clay-loam, or gravelly soils, tolerant of moist or dry conditions
-flowers bloom in mid spring

Creeping Phlox
Phlox stolonifera
-maximum height of 6 in.
-prefers full sun
-prefers well drained, loamy or sandy acidic to alkaline soils, will tolerate most soils and drought
-blooms in april and may

Dwarf Crested Iris
Iris cristata
-4-8 in. in height
-prefers light shade with some sun
-prefers infetile, well drained soil
-blooms in mid spring

Foam Flower
Tiarella cordifolia
-6-10 in. tall
-requires partial to full shade
-prefers well drained moist soils
-blooms in late spring

Fragrant Sumac
Rhus aromatica
-2-6 ft. tall
-prefers full sun to partial shade
-tolerates fairly alkaline soils, tolerates dry soils
-blooms in spring

Coptis groenlandica
-grows 4-6 in. tall
-prefers shade
-prefers moist, humus-rich, acidic soils
-blooms in early summer

Green and Gold
Chrysogonum virginianum
-grows 6-12 in.
-prefers sun to partial shade
-prefers moist, well drained soils
-blooms in late spring

Moss Phlox
Phlox subulata
-grows to a height of 2-5 in.
-prefers full sun
-prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil but will do well in any well drained soils
-blooms in april and may

Partridge Berry
Mitchella repens
-grows 6-12 in. long
-requires partial to full shade
-requires moist, acidic soils rich in humus
-blooms in late spring

Prairie Cordgrass
Spartina pectinata
-can grow to 4-10 ft.
-prefers full sun
-prefers wet soils, needs frequent watering
-flowers in late summer

Antennaria plantaginifolia
-grows to 3-16 in.
-prefers mostly shade, partial sun
-can grow in dry, poor soils
-blooms from april to june

Sand/Cleft Phlox
Phlox bifida
-3-10 in. tall
-prefers full to partial sun
-prefers sandy or rocky soil
-blooms in mid spring

Hierochloe odorata
-can grow 18-24 in. in height
-prefers partial shade
-prefers moist, sandy soils

Panicum virgatum
-grow 5-9 ft. tall
-grows well in partial shade
-prefers deep, sandy, loam soils, tolerant of drought, flooding and poor soils

Trailing Arbutus
Epigaea repens
-grows to a height of 1-2 in.
-requires shade
-prefers acidic, sandy soil
-blooms in early spring

Wild Ginger
Asarum canadense
-4-9 in. in height
-prefers shade
-prefers loam soils, but will grow in well drained humus rich soils
-blooms in late spring

Wild Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana
-can grow to 6 in. in height
-thrives in full sun
-prefers well drained, fertile soil
-bloom in late spring thru mid summer

Wine Cups/Poppy Mallow
Callirhoe involucrata
-grows 6-12 in. in height
-prefers full sun
-prefers well drained soil, is drought tolerant
-blooms late spring thru early fall

Gaultheria procumbens
-2-5 in. tall
-prefers partial to full shade
-prefers sandy, acidic, moist soil
-blooms mid summer