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These are plants that thrive in partial to complete shade. Some of these also do well in full sun, but many will not. For shady areas in your landscape, choose plants from this list with this symbol. Look upon large trees in your landscape as a blessing and an opportunity. There are lots of beautiful shade tolerant plants from ground covers to perennials to shrubs that will thrive under a large oak or maple.

  Scientific Name Common Names

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Annual Plants and Flowers
  Ageratum houstonianum ageratum
  Coreopsis tinctoria calliopsis
  Digitalis purpurea foxglove
  Impatiens wallerana impatiens
  Torenia fournieri wishbone flower
  Viola x Wittrockiana pansy

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Cactus and Succulents
  Epiphyllum spp. orchid cactus

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Grasses and Grasslike Plants
  Carex appalachica Appalachian sedge
  Carex pendula drooping sedge
  Carex phyllocephala palm sedge
  Chasmanthium latifolium Indian wood-oats
  Cyperus involucratus umbrella sedge
  Setaria palmifolia palm grass

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Palms and Palmlike Plants
  Caryota mitis fishtail palm
  Chamaedorea metallica metallic palm
  Chamaedorea microspadix hardy bamboo palm
  Chamaedorea radicalis radicalis palm
  Chamaedorea seifrizii bamboo palm
  Dioon edule virgin palm
  Howea forsteriana kentia palm
  Phoenix roebelenii miniature date palm
  Ravenea spp. Majesty (TM) Palm
  Rhapidophyllum hystrix needle palm
  Rhapis excelsa lady palm
  Rhapis humilis slender lady palm
  Sabal minor blue palm
  Trachycarpus fortunei windmill palm

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Perennial Plants
  Acanthus mollis bear's breeches
  Aechmea distichantha Brazilian vaseplant
  Ajuga reptans carpet bugleweed
  Alocasia macrorrhiza giant taro
  Alpinia zerumbet variegated shell ginger
  Alstroemeria psittacina parrotlily
  Angelica archangelica angelica
  Aquilegia canadensis wild columbine
  Aristea ecklonii blue flies
  Aspidistra elatior iron plant
  Asplenium nidus bird's nest fern
  Billbergia nutans queen’s tears; friendship plant
  Caladium bicolor caladium
  Canna X generalis canna
  Chlorophytum comosum spider plant
  Coleus x hybridus Flame Nettle
  Convallaria majalis lily-of-the-valley
  Crinum asiaticum grand crinum lily
  Cycas revoluta king sago
  Cyrtomium falcatum holly fern
  Dicentra spectabilis bleeding heart
  Elettaria cardamomum cardamom
  Erythronium spp. dimpled trout lily
  Farfugium japonicum leopard plant
  Galanthus nivalis common snowdrop
  Globba winitii dancing ladies ginger
  Hedychium coronarium ginger lily
  Helleborus orientalis lenten rose
  Hosta spp. hosta
  Kaempferia laotica peacock ginger
  Liriope muscari liriope
  Lycoris squamigera surprise lily
  Mitchella repens partridge berry
  Monstera deliciosa windowleaf
  Muscari spp. grape hyacinth
  Nephrolepis exaltata sword fern
  Ophiopogon japonicus mondo grass
  Osmunda cinnamomea cinnamon fern
  Osmunda regalis royal fern
  Oxalis latifolia broadleaf woodsorrel
  Pachysandra procumbens Allegheny spurge
  Pachysandra terminalis Japanese spurge; pachysandra
  Pentas lanceolata pentas
  Peperomia obtusifolia blunt-leaved peperomia
  Phaius tankervilliae nun orchid
  Philodendron bipinnatifidum cut-leaf philodendron
  Platycerium spp. staghorn fern
  Polymnia sonchifolia yacón
  Polystichum polyblepharum Japanese tassel fern
  Primula vulgaris primrose
  Protasparagus densiflorus asparagus fern
  Pteridium aquilinum bracken
  Ranunculus ficaria lesser celandine
  Spigelia marilandica Indian pink
  Strelitzia reginae bird-of-paradise
  Tillandsia recurvata ball moss
  Tradescantia fluminensis green wandering Jew
  Tradescantia spathacea oysterplant
  Tradescantia zebrina wandering Jew
  Tradescantia Andersoniana Group spiderwort
  Trillium underwoodii purple toadshade
  Vinca minor common periwinkle
  Viola sororia violet
  Zamia pumila coontie
  Zephyranthes grandiflora rain lily
  Zingiber zerumbet pinecone ginger

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Shrubs
  Aesculus parviflora bottlebrush buckeye
  Agarista populifolia pipestem
  Amelanchier canadensis serviceberry
  Ardisia crenata coralberry
  Asimina triloba pawpaw
  Aucuba japonica Japanese aucuba
  Calycanthus floridus sweetshrub
  Camellia japonica camellia
  Camellia sasanqua sasanqua camellia
  Cephalotaxus harringtonia Japanese plum yew
  Clethra alnifolia sweet pepperbush
  Euonymus alatus winged euonymus
  Euonymus americanus American strawberry-bush
  Euonymus fortunei wintercreeper
  Fatshedera (X) lizei fatshedera
  Fatsia japonica fatsia
  Fothergilla major witch-alder
  Gardenia augusta gardenia
  Gaylussacia frondosa blue huckleberry
  Hamamelis virginiana witchhazel
  Hibiscus mutabilis confederate rose
  Hydrangea macrophylla French hydrangea
  Hydrangea quercifolia oakleaf hydrangea
  Hypericum calycinum Aaron's beard
  Ilex crenata Japanese holly
  Illicium floridanum Florida anise
  Illicium parviflorum yellow anise
  Itea virginica sweetspire
  Justicia spp. jacobinia
  Lonicera maackii Amur honeysuckle
  Loropetalum chinense loropetalum
  Magnolia macrophylla subsp. ashei Ashe magnolia
  Mahonia fortunei Chinese mahonia
  Mahonia bealei leatherleaf mahonia
  Nandina domestica heavenly bamboo
  Nerium oleander oleander
  Osmanthus fragrans tea olive
  Podocarpus macrophylla podocarpus
  Prunus laurocerasus English laurel
  Rhododendron austrinum Florida flame azalea
  Rhododendron canescens pinxter azalea
  Rhododendron prunifolium pruneleaf azalea
  Rhododendron spp. azalea
  Sanchezia speciosa sanchezia
  Strobilanthes dyerianus Persian shield
  Tabernaemontana divaricata crepe jasmine
  Ternstroemia gymnanthera Cleyera
  Tetrapanax papyiferus Rice-paper plant
  Vaccinium arboreum sparkleberry
  Vaccinium elliottii mayberry
  Viburnum dentatum arrow-wood
  Viburnum plicatum doublefile viburnum
  Viburnum rhytidophyllum leatherleaf viburnum
  Viburnum rufidulum rusty black-haw
  Viburnum suspensum sandanqua viburnum

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Trees
  Acer palmatum Japanese maple
  Acer saccharum sugar maple
  Aesculus flava yellow buckeye
  Aesculus pavia red buckeye
  Araucaria heterophylla Norfolk Island pine
  Carpinus caroliniana American hornbeam
  Cercis canadensis eastern redbud
  Chionanthus virginicus fringetree
  Coccoloba uvifera sea grape
  Dirca palustris leatherwood
  Fagus grandifolia beech
  Fagus orientalis oriental beech
  Fagus sylvatica European beech
  Ficus benghalensis banyan
  Halesia spp. Carolina silverbells
  Ilex cassine Dahoon holly
  Magnolia heptapeta Yulan magnolia
  Magnolia stellata star magnolia
  Magnolia tripetala umbrella magnolia
  Magnolia virginiana sweetbay
  Magnolia x soulangeana saucer magnolia
  Osmanthus americanus devilwood
  Ostrya virginiana eastern hophornbeam
  Persea borbonia red bay
  Prunus caroliniana Carolina cherry laurel
  Taxus floridana Florida yew
  Thuja plicata western redcedar
  Tsuga canadensis eastern hemlock
  Viburnum nudum possomhaw

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Vines
  Clematis armandii Armand's clematis
  Epipremnum aureum pothos
  Ficus pumila creeping fig
  Hedera helix English ivy
  Ipomoea spp. Ornamental sweet potato vine
  Lonicera japonica Japanese honeysuckle
  Lygodium spp. climbing fern
  Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia creeper
  Protasparagus setaceus common asparagus fern
  Solanum seaforthiana Brazilian nightshade
  Thunbergia grandiflora Bengal clock vine
  Trachelospermum jasminoides Confederate jasmine
  Wisteria sinensis Chinese wisteria



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