A Little White Lying Groundcover

False lily-of-the-valley (Speirantha gardenii) is one of our favorite early spring-flowering evergreen groundcovers for shade, but one that just hasn’t caught on with customers. Every time we put this back in production at Plant Delights, we wind up throwing out most of the crop. Perhaps one day, folks will realize what a gem this is. Hardiness is Zone 5b-8b.

7 thoughts on “A Little White Lying Groundcover”

  1. I totally agree – a fabulous ground cover. Not only is it evergreen no matter what the winter weather brings, it spreads slowly but consistenly under a huge maple in my dry woodland garden. Very few damaged leaves have to be removed, ever. Foliage is consistently bright green, somewhat lustrous, and the flowers are charming.
    I was amazed how few of my gardening friends know about this plant.

  2. I transplanted some to Durham when I moved. They are still here after 3 years but have never bloomed. They are in dry shade as they were before. Advice? I miss the pretty blooms.

  3. Sieglinde Anderson

    For the first time this Spring my Spirantha has a handful of flowers (I counted 5) on a 4×3 foot patch and 2 on a 2 x 3 ft patch. They are both in shade after woodland trees leaf out but in sun until then. Also for the first time, considerable browning on leaf tips. I assume this is a first because of the extreme cold end December week, plus up and down, warm, freezing themperatures this Spring. Ordinary woodland soil, never fertilized. Would like to know if cutting it all back to the ground and dumping compost on them would help? Otherwise, still a favorite groundcover for me here in the Asheville area.

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