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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Gaylussacia dumosa (Andr.) Torr. & Gray
Synonyms: Gaylussacia dumosa var. bigeloviana
USDA Symbol: gadu
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low, rhizomatous, blueberry-like shrub, 3-15 in. tall, with deciduous or semi-evergreen leaves and shiny-black berries. Leaves are 1 in. long and widest toward the tip. Flowers are cream, cup-shaped and five-lobed.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AL , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , WV Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Nf. to FL & LA Native Habitat:
Low pinelands, pond margins & bogs; dry, sandy woods USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sandy, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Native ground cover to replace grass in Florida.
February 04, 2008
Where can I find a list of ground covers to replace my grass. I live in the south of Ocala Florida.
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
- Picayune, MS
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff