2" - 4 x 3'
Shiny Green in Spring to Burgundy in Fall
Adverse Growth Factors
Description and Cultural Plant Tips
R. calycinoides ' Emerald Carpet' is a densely branching groundcover with semi-evergreen to evergreen, heart-shaped leaves that appear crinkled or puckered. In the summer the leaves are a shiny green and turn a burgundy color in the fall. It has 1/2 inch white flowers followed by tiny salmon-orange colored, edible fruit . The plant creeps along the ground forming runners that root at their nodes and establish new colonies. It advances about 1 foot a year. Although it can be aggressive, the plant is not invasive and does not smother nearby shrubs or perennials. It can be easily controlled by mechanical edging. It is a great plant for hot, dry, erodible slopes or hillsides where moisture fluctuates from very wet to very dry. It can also be used as a lawn substitute. Plant with daffodils or other bulbs which will pop up through the foliage for an interesting spring composition. It is fairly drought -tolerant once established.
Plant in average soil with good drainage. Will grow in sun or light shade. In the early spring if foliage looks a little rough from winter conditions, trim lightly with a lawn mower.
No serious diseases or pests.
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