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Sue Hammond
08-18-2004, 07:14 PM
I'm open to ideas on what to plant under my backyard valley oak (35' tall, with canopy ranging from 6' (west and north facing) to 12-15' (south and east facing), in lieu of pesky weeds (including Russian thistle). Looking at the Las Pilitas website, mention was made of Miner's Lettuce. Has anyone had any luck with this, or any other partial to full shade friendly flower? We get some St john's Wort in early spring, but not enough to challenge weeds. I'm apprehensive about disturbing the soil under the oak, so as not to damage its root system. Do I have any other choices, or is mulch-only the way to go?
Thanks for any suggestions!

Anonymous
08-19-2004, 12:46 PM
Have you considered Iris douglasiana or any of the native grasses?
-Nate

ireneh
09-08-2004, 06:16 PM
Here are some more companion plants that love living under the oak canopy:

Thalictrum polycarpum
Ribes viburnifolium, speciosum, malvaceum, indecorem
Salvia spathacea
Rhamnus crocea
Leymus condensatus
Mimulus aurantiacus
Ceanothus spinosus
Lonicera subspicata

Hope this helps.

Anonymous
10-04-2004, 11:03 PM
Miner's Lettuce grows well under oaks. A few pictures in a rural cemetary in San Joaquin County that has several oak trees with miner's lettuce covering about 60% of the ground.

<a href="http://images.sacramentocity.us/SacValley/Elliot_Cemetery6.jpg">Picture 1</a>
<a href="http://images.sacramentocity.us/SacValley/Elliot_Cemetery8.jpg">Picture 2</a>

I've seen <a href="http://images.sacramentocity.us/flora/Collinsia.jpg">Chinese Houses</a> and other Collinsias growing under Valley Oaks locally. Note that the spring is longer and wetter up here, so an irrigation may be needed down there for them to reach their full potential. They will naturalize under the tree.

Mahonia also would do well, but it may be a little tall for you needs.

dcardozo
10-04-2004, 11:05 PM
Miner's Lettuce grows well under oaks. A few pictures in a rural cemetary in San Joaquin County that has several oak trees with miner's lettuce covering about 60% of the ground.

<a href="http://images.sacramentocity.us/SacValley/Elliot_Cemetery6.jpg">Picture 1</a>
http://images.sacramentocity.us/SacValley/Elliot_Cemetery8.jpg]Picture 2
I've seen http://images.sacramentocity.us/flora/Collinsia.jpg]Chinese Houses and other Collinsias growing under Valley Oaks locally. Note that the spring is longer and wetter up here, so an irrigation may be needed down there for them to reach their full potential. They will naturalize under the tree.

Mahonia also would do well, but it may be a little tall for your needs.

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For some reason using BBcode or html will not work with the links.

try the following:
Miner's lettuce
http://images.sacramentocity.us/SacValley/Elliot_Cemetery6.jpg

http://images.sacramentocity.us/SacValley/Elliot_Cemetery8.jpg

Chinese houses


http://images.sacramentocity.us/flora/Collinsia.jpg

Anonymous
10-07-2004, 01:42 PM
We grow our Miner's Lettuce below the apricot tree. It is profuse and covers the ground while the tree is leafless. It is an ephemeral, and by the end of April there is no sign of it.