Drought tolerant ground cover

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Drought tolerant ground cover

Postby ashtondav » Mon May 22, 2017 7:34 am

Hi, I have a steep west facing slope (no shade)I want to cover in spreading, colourful plants. Preferably I would like to do this without extending the watering system.

Any ideas? Lavender and geranium both seem to not mind watering, as does the rosemary.

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Re: Drought tolerant ground cover

Postby alisonb » Mon May 22, 2017 1:44 pm

We've got one which is a bit of a thug. It's common name is lions claws. Sorry don't know proper name. It's some kind of succulent, and gets pink or yellow large daisy flowers. Needs no watering and spreads quickly.
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Re: Drought tolerant ground cover

Postby Trooperman » Mon May 22, 2017 2:54 pm

Hi. Lavenders and Geraniums (Pelargoniums) are OK, but are expensive when covering a large area and are not self-spreaders. They are "ground covering" only in as much as anything planted in sufficient quantity would also fit that label. In using the accepted definition, you might like to consider Carpobrotus edulis or the "Hottentot Fig" which might be what alisonb is referring to. It used to be called Mesambrysanthemum. It can be invasive if left untended.
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Re: Drought tolerant ground cover

Postby northandsouth » Mon May 22, 2017 6:47 pm

alisonb wrote:We've got one which is a bit of a thug. It's common name is lions claws. Sorry don't know proper name. It's some kind of succulent, and gets pink or yellow large daisy flowers. Needs no watering and spreads quickly.


In Spanish,uña de leon. Yes it is a great ground covering succulent. The flowers tend to come in spring, at least in this part of the country. It grows wild along the edges of the beaches here seeing not a drop for months on end. Makes a great spongy carpet. https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpobrotus_edulis

There is also a dark purple ground "coverer" whose name escapes me. It has thinner leaves, smaller flowers and is a nice contrast to the lions claw, plus it grows quickly.

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Re: Drought tolerant ground cover

Postby gerryh » Tue May 23, 2017 8:48 am

Didn't know what it was called but we have some lions claw.
Very drought resistant, it just grows and covers the very poor rocky ground we have outside our terrace wall.
Easy to prune if it spreads too far.
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Re: Drought tolerant ground cover

Postby ashtondav » Wed May 24, 2017 2:30 pm

Cheers everyone. Although not ground cover am I right in assuming oleander needs no or little water, as I see it growing in rocky campo ground an in the middle of motorways?

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Re: Drought tolerant ground cover

Postby Trooperman » Wed May 24, 2017 3:25 pm

Yes! Oleander is pretty drought tolerant although in the campo and when growing wild, its presence usually indicates a water course (even if no water is discernable). Just noted some growing in the central reservation of the A92 motorway.....no watering hoses there I think!
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Re: Drought tolerant ground cover

Postby Flexo » Wed May 24, 2017 5:13 pm

Oleander is very toxic both to humans and animals. If you have children or pets you shouldn't plant it.


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