Vote here for your favorite NINE local native plants for a shady garden. However, please be aware, that the final list will NOT totally be dependent on which plants received the most votes.
Video of Beth Clark's Zoom talk on April 29, 2020 on "Shady Nine" (nine native plants for the shade garden) is available for viewing (
). The recording did not start at the beginning of her talk, but rather at the point, when she started talking about the shade plants.
A spread sheet of information about the plants is at
The list is based on Beth Clark's talk plus plants suggested via the Zoom chat that evening. The attendees' chat log is at
In the list below, plants indicated with ** were on Beth's original list. Plants without double asterisks were suggested in the chat log.
PARAMETERS AND CRITERIA
The parameters for selection are for species that grow in part to full shade. Example - Under a live oak they may get early or late afternoon sun but no sun mid-day. So this palette is the natives alternate to the shade garden of azalea, aspidistra, gingers, etc.
All species need to have ‘significant landscape value.’ The foliage needs to have substance, even when not in flower. Some deciduous and perennial species are ok but need some evergreen.
Please keep in mind the CRITERIA for good nine native plant candidates:
Commercially available plants or seeds
Desirable growth habit
Appropriate to gardens; compatible in urban and/or suburban settings
Potential for use in neighborhood street medians
Plants with a high chance of persistence (not composed of species that will quickly faded away).
Seasonality: this plants can be part of a combination that will provide visual appeal year-round
Highly beneficial to wildlife.
Please select at most 9 of the following for your choices of nine natives for the shade. To see more information on these plants or to see comments by attendees via chat go to the links in the introduction paragraph. The double asterisk denotes plants on Beth's original list. Plants without the asterisks were suggested by meeting attendees.
Polystichum acrostichoides Christmas Fern**
Osmunda regalis Royal Fern**
Thelypteris kunthii Wood Fern**
Elymus virginicus Virginia Wildrye**
Carex cherokeensis Cherokee sedge**
Chasmanthium latifolium Indian Woodoats**
Setaria parviflora Knotroot bristlegrass
Carex flaccosperma Thinfruit sedge
Tridens flavus Purpletop
Chasmanthium sessiliflorum Narrowleaf (or longleaf) Woodoats
Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry**
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii Turk's Cap**
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Coralberry**
Lantana urticoides Texas Lantana**
Viburnum dentatum Southern Arrowwood**
Aesculus pavia Red Buckeye
Itea virginica Virginia sweetspire
Conoclinium coelestinum Blue Mistflower**
Coreopsis lanceolata Lance-leaved Coreopsis**
Gaillardia pulchella Indian Blanket**
Iris brevicaulis Zigzag Iris**
Phlox drummondii Annual Phlox or Wilson's Phlox**
Phlox divaricarta Louisiana phlox
Phlox pilosa Prairie phlox
Rivina humilis Pigeonberry**
Salvia lyrata Lyre Leaf Sage**
Scutellaria ovata Heartleaf Skullcap**
Verbesina virginica Frostweed**
Tradescantia subacaulis Stemless Spiderwort**
Tradescantia occidentalis Prairie Spiderwort**
Tradescantia ohiensis Spiderwort**
Prunella vulgaris Selfheal
Elephantopus carolinianus Elephant Foot
Capsicum annuum Chili pequin
Dicliptera brachiata Branched foldwing
Calyptocarpus vialis Staggler Daisy
Hypoxis hirsuta Yellow Star Grass
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