Q: Would this plant survive leaves in the fall or would the need to be cleared- area I need to cover is hillside-dappled to full shade surrounded by trees?
A: Based on field observation, we suspect that heavy leaf cover would not be ideal. We usually see this plant growing in areas where leaves have not formed a dense layer. Squaw weed or roundleaf groundsel seems to be fairly evergreen and likely needs some light, even over winter. A solid layer of tree leaves could smother the plants. You could remove the leaves in the fall with a leaf blower or lawn mower that is set to mow fairly high. However, other wildlife depend on that dense leaf litter. For example, luna moths overwinter in cocoon form in those leaves. You would be ahead to choose a different plant, such as wild ginger, bluebells, goldenseal, solomon's seal, or wild geranium, if your site is going to produce a heavy layer of leaves.
Q: I would like to plant squaw weed around some trees in a shaded area. When is the best time to plant it?
A: You can plant squaw weed year round. I'd recommend March or April--whenever the weather is nice enough.
Q: What flower would work well as a later blooming option to plant with the roundleaf groundsel in a smaller flower bed where shorter plants are desirable?
A: Mist flower might be a good option. It spreads, but so does roundleaf groundsel. If mist flower gets too tall, it responds well to being trimmed back.
Q: Is Roundleaf Groundsel deer resistant?
A: yes, according to what I've read online. I also saw a patch blooming in an area with a perennial deer population that seems to be neglected by the deer.
Q: how far apart should the pots be placed (Squaw Weed)
A: If you're on a budget, plant them about 2 feet apart and mulch them well. If there's no budget, plant them 8 to 16 inches apart. Either way, they will spread via rhizome and fill in the area.
Q: Do birds spread this plant's seeds? How long-lived are the plants once established? Will they persist several seasons? (I know these spread by stolons and that there are two species of this plant and I think the one you have here is the one that is more likely to spread.) We have extensive shade and extensive Wintercreeper "everywhere" here in STL county. The Wintercreeper has never been controlled except by mowing where it occurs and is taking over the world (especially shady wooded areas 'in the back.') I guess I am hoping for a plant that will compete with the Wintercreeper over time and smother it out. ha. (Hope you got a good laugh out of that one....)
A: The seeds are wind-dispersed. They seem to be fairly long-lived and persist for years in the right conditions; a patch of wintercreeper would be the wrong conditions, and Packera is unlikely to compete well. Meadow anemone (Anemone canadensis) will grow happily alongside and within wintercreeper, but it won't smother it out (we are out of stock right now).
Q: If purchased now, when would they ship?
A: During checkout, you can indicate when you want them shipped. If that section is left blank, we'll send them right away.
Q: Hello, I am planning to purchase 32 small pots of Roundleaf Groundsel (Packera obovata) plants, so I can get a discount. However, it only allows me to put in 29. It is the highest quantity I can enter. My question is if I buy 29 pots instead of 32, could I still get the discount since it only has less than 3 pots to qualify for a discount.
Another question is if I need to pick them up in Jefferson City; I live in Columbia.
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