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Zone 9-10 Interesting and Useful Shade Plants for the Florida Garden selected by Leigh Fulghum, botanist

Black Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

This Black Mondo Grass grows 6"H x 12"W and is highly resistant to heat and drought. Use: forms a tightly knit ground cover and contrast for variegated or paler leaved plants. Zones 6-10.


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Trifolium repens var. atropurpureum 'Dark Dancer' icon 

It will spread as far as it can, so use in a cut-out planter unless extensive coverage is desired.Trifolium 'Dark Dancer' is a groundcover with deep purple to black foliage and white blooms in summer! Exceptionally fast-growing, vigorous, dense habit quite attractive. Resistance to heat, humidity, and other garden stresses. Grows 4" to 8" high, it spreads at least a foot wide unless restrained.

Growing Zones: 4 - 11 Sun Exposure: Part Shade Ship Form: 4-inch Pot Bloom Season: Early Summer to Mid Summer

Colocasia 'Black Magic'

Colocasia 'Black Magic' as grown at Wright Gardens, a wonderful family farm in central Alabama

Colocasia esculenta

Beautiful dark purple stems and leaves give great contrast in the garden.

Upright medium sized elephant ear leaves.

Grows best in consistently moist soil location. Requires more moisture and may show leaf burn in Full Sun at high temperatures.

Exposure: Full Sun to Shade

Height: 24-48"

Hardiness Zones: 9-11 Water: Heavy, wet Soil: Fertile, organically rich

Sold in 3" pots

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'

Ajuga reptans Black Scallop PP#15,815 icon 

Simply the best Ajuga for midnight-dark foliage, rich blue blooms, and great adaptability to varying soils and moisture levels, Black Scallop is a stunning groundcover for the garden floor or container. Its foliage is oversized, its habit very low and mat-forming, low maintenance.

The foliage is only one of Black Scallop's merits. From late spring into early summer, this plant cloaks itself in rich, deep blue blooms crowded along short spikes. Very showy, the blossoms offset the dark foliage nicely. Black Scallop achieves its darkest leaf color in full sun, making it a superb choice for mixed container plantings, where it will trail over the sides of a planter.

Stevia rebaudiana
Stevia rebaudiana icon
Natural sweetening plant. Just drop it in your tea!

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