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Old 04-16-2018, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Iím going to be experimenting with Xanthorhiza simplicissima (Yellowroot) this year, itís a native plant although Iíve never actually seen it in nature that Iím aware of.

https://jcra.ncsu.edu/resources/phot...?serial=105762

https://www.amerinursery.com/growing...dcover-shrubs/
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:02 AM
 
Location: NC
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Iím going to be experimenting with Xanthorhiza simplicissima (Yellowroot) this year, itís a native plant although Iíve never actually seen it in nature that Iím aware of.

https://jcra.ncsu.edu/resources/phot...?serial=105762

https://www.amerinursery.com/growing...dcover-shrubs/
Says inconspicuous Spring flowers on bare, leggy stems. Have you seen it in the winter? Not sure how attractive those leggy stems would be.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I'm also in zone 6. My back yard is part grass and part woods. It is on a sloping grade that is sloped enough enough to give me erosion problems. I've looked for ground cover to control the erosion through the woods. The erosion has made growing grass difficult in the rest of the yard since the topsoil gets washed away. Because of the woods and other trees, much of the grassy area is very shady.

I have a large patch of pachysandra that has been slowly spreading for over 20 years. It seems to grow well in shady areas. It works well but someone mentioned moles. Mole tunnels are severe in the areas around the pachysandra but I don't notice tunnels in the pachysandra.

I also have some vinca minor but it has not spread very much in the shady areas.
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Says inconspicuous Spring flowers on bare, leggy stems. Have you seen it in the winter? Not sure how attractive those leggy stems would be.
I havenít, Iím going to use it in a wooded area. For evergreen ground cover I use Asiatic jasmine.
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Old 04-18-2018, 02:31 PM
 
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What would be good for arid steep slope zone 7?
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:29 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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What would be good for arid steep slope zone 7?
See post #30. Iíve grown liriope in zones 5 and 8.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:32 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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LIcenter - ack, I've enjoyed reading many of your posts and I'm disappointed that you would recommend an invasive species.
I appreciate your thoughts on vinca minor being invasive, but in the grand scheme of invasives, this one is pretty low on the list. In my opinion due diligence is the key to any good gardener. I would never plant this in an area that abuts a woods line, or along a fence line that is not accessible from the backside. Yes it will run, but can easily be kept in check with a lawnmower, or weed wacker. I have it planted in few areas in my front yard going on twenty years now with zero problems. I will say, if this plant put out an abundant amount of seed heads, that birds might consume, I would then rate it higher on the invasive list, and it certainly would not be in my yard.
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Vinca minor
Or vinca major if it's a large space.
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Old 04-21-2018, 01:06 PM
 
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Yeah, I think that's a joke, however vinca major is a much bigger (heh) problem than vinca minor.
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