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Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by RedTartan, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. RedTartan

    RedTartan Icelandic Sheep Supporter

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    I need suggestions for a very low groundcover that spreads quickly, tolerates shade, and will prevent soil erosion.

    Anybody? Anybody?

    Thanks,

    :) RedTartan
     
  2. VALENT

    VALENT Well-Known Member

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    Many of the clovers will serve your purpose.
     

  3. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    i have some stuff growing but do not know the name. it is low and has dark green rounded leaves. it seems to like the forest setting where i find it most.
     
  4. Salmonberry

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    If you don't need a huge area you might look at vinca minor. Dark evergreen, pretty small purple flowers. They used to sell it in flats for ground cover in Wa state. I don't know how it would grow for you though.

    Salmonberry
     
  5. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Kudzu?

    Oh wait, you said "very low groundcover".

    Ground ivy of some type?
     
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  7. CatsPaw

    CatsPaw Who...me?

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    purslane. might as well make your ground cover edible.
     
  8. culpeper

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    If you live in a cool area, try Wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens, also known as checkerberry, partridgeberry and many other names. Leaves and berries are edible.

    You could also consider violets (edible, medicinal), gotu kola (medicinal), soapwort (medicinal, cosmetic). Most mints will grow in partial shade, but they WILL take over!
     
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    If you're gonna plant it toward fall, I'd try a white clover mix with annual rye. The rye will come in fairly fast as a nurse crop until the clover establishes better as the perrenniel. The grass cove of annual rye will winter kill and leave a nice base for the spreading of the clover next year.
     
  10. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I second rye. Every Fall we sow rye seed wherever we have bare spots. It's great stuff!