Underused smaller native groundcover.
Selection with bigger and slightly more fuzzy leaves (4") and good adaptability to different site conditions.
Blooming time: flowers in May to June, each flower is about 1" in diameter. Flowering stems die back, the the leaves persist.
Size: 12-15" tall x 24-36" wide clumps, basal leaves grow very densely and form ground covering mat.
USDA zones: 3 to 8
Culture: full sun, half sun, half shade to light shade. Average soil with average moisture to drier and drained soil, drier clay. Avoid wet, waterlogged and too rich soils.
Moisture Needs: medium to medium-dry, dry, tolerant to summer droughts, heat and humidity
Origin: found growing on the 27-acre property of Clarice Keeling of Virginia Beach, VA,. Named 'Lynnhaven Carpet' after Virginia Beach’s Lynnhaven River by the plantsman Charles Cresson. Native to South, Southeast, Midwest and Northwest of USA, see the BONAP distribution map. Can be found on mostly undisturbed soils in open rocky woodlands, savannas, sandy dunes and savannas, slopes, banks - usually close by to some tree shade.
Deer/rabbit resistant: mostly yes/mostly yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: offer nectar and pollen to native bees, but attract also various flies, small butterflies, skippers and plants are host to larvae of several moths. Seeds are eaten by small mammals.
Attracts Hummingbirds: no
Plant combinations: Can be used as wildflower that naturalizes in meadow or lawn or can be planted in rock garden, edge or front of rock garden, in butterfly or pollinator garden, smaller beds or as groundcover in smaller areas, or as lawn substitute. Combine with shorter and smaller drought tolerant plants and grasses.Good companions van be Achillea millefolium (wild and cultivars), Asclepias tuberosa, Dalea, Echinacea purpurea cultivars, smaller or medium sized bearded Iris, Lavandula, Nepeta x faasenii cultivars, Origanum vulgare and cultivars, Paeonia, Penstemon, shorter Rudbeckia, Salvia, Salvia nemorosa, Stachys ( 'Humello', 'Summer Romance', 'Pink Cotton Candy'), Sedum, Thymus, Satureja, and many others.
Pot size: square 3.5 " x 4" deep perennial pot
Picture copyright: Kelly D. Norris
Mammals do graze the leaves. Flowers