UACES Facebook Groundcovers of Arkansas by Common Name

Groundcovers by Common Name

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Common Name Scientific Name Comments 
Ajuga; Bugleweed
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Ajuga reptans
  • Size: low (foliage 2"); floral spikes 6 to 8" tall)
  • Culture: partial sun to shade; requires constant moisture in Arkansas
Bigleaf Vinca
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Vinca major
  • Size: 12" tall
  • Culture: shade to partial sun
  • Misc: variegated selections more common than green leaf forms.
English Ivy
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Hedera helix
  • Size: groundcover 8 to 10" tall; broadleaf evergreen vine or ground cover
  • Culture: sun or shade; fairly tough
  • Adult plant has flowers and fruit
  • Climbs by root-like holdfasts
  • Many cultivars
  • Considered invasive weed in some parts of U.S.
Japanese Star Jasmine
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Trachelospermum asiaticum
  • Size: 12" tall
  • Culture: sun to partial sun; tolerant of most soils
  • Best in cold hardiness zones 7 and 8
  • Broadleaf evergreen groundcover, leaves very glossy, dark green
Liriope
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Liriope muscari
  • Size: 12' tall; some cultivars shorter or taller
  • Exposure: sun to shade; tough groundcover
  • Flower spikes purple or white
  • Cultivars: 'Big Blue', 'Majestic', 'Variegata'
Mondograss
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Ophiopogon japonicus
  • Size: 6 to 8" tall (shorter than Liriope [Liriope muscari] )
  • Exposure: partial sun to shade; requires more moisture than Liriope
  • Narrow leaves usually a dark green
  • Slightly less hardy than Liriope
  • Flowers usually hidden in foliage
Pachysandra
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Pachysandra terminalis
  • Size: 8 to 10" tall
  • Culture: shade; requires constant moisture in Arkansas
  • White flowers not significant
Vinca
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Vinca minor
  • Size: 8" tall
  • Culture: partial sun to shade; not as tough as Bigleaf Vinca (V. major).
  • 1" flowers, blue/purple or white
Wintercreeper Euonymus
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Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'
  • Size: 12 to 15" tall
  • Culture: sun to partial sun; fairly tolerant of soils
  • Deep maroon winter leaf color (broadleaf evergreen)