Winter Interest Plants–Microbiota

microbiota close-upThis evergreen shrub, known as microbiata dessuata, is one of the most versatile there is.  It’s a low-growing shrub that can serve as ground cover because it’s ever widening girth will eventually cover the ground.

Yes unlike disease prone junipers (at least they are disease prone where I come from!), these plants are not subject to pests and especially that bacterial browning.

Better yet, this plant isn’t fussy about sun–you’ll often find it as a soft ground cover under lacy trees (but it can’t take dense shade–just light shade).

Better yet, once cold weather comes, it turns from a “plain green” evergreen to one with a purple-ish, bronzy hue–like getting two plants for one!

Here is what UConn’s extension service says about the plant.  Don’t be dissuaded by their comment about shade tolerance.  I have a 12 year history with the plant and find it will definitely take light shade.  It’s deep shade you would want to avoid–and perhaps that’s where it was trialled.

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