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Shade-Tolerant Plants

Check out 11 shade-tolerant plants and the planting information for each zone.

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Bowles Golden Sedge (4 of 11)

Carex elata 'Aurea' (aka 'Bowles Golden')

  • Evergreen clumping perennial with grass-like variegated foliage of yellow and green

  • Prune to 3-4 inches before new growth appears; divide every few years

  • Plant in full sun to full shade; color is better in partial sun

  • Plant in rich, moist soil; tolerates damp soil

  • Height 28 inches

  • Width: 18 inches

Hardy in USDA zones 5-8:

  • Zone 5 -- Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall.

  • Zone 6 -- Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall.

  • Zone 7--Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch in fall.

  • Zone 8--Plant in spring or early fall; plant in partial to full shade; mulch in fall.

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