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True blue! Instead of boring mulch under your shrubs and along your pathways, considerplanting Blue Star Creeper. This ultra-low groundcover may be just the thing to jazz up your border. From spring and into summer, it will delight you with a carpet of starry sky-blue flowers nestled in low, lush foliage. You can also create a meadow in miniature, or let Blue Star Creeper intermingle with your lawn and have a yard that blooms! This tough Spirit can handle some foot traffic. Say goodbye to dull, bare spots in your landscape and hello to a sweet spring pick-me-up.
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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The charming Blue Star Creeper is in the Lobelia family, and you may see its resemblance to the annual Lobelias you buy in the spring. It has gone through many name changes and was actually called a Lobelia for a while. It comes to us from Australia. There aren’t many Australian plants that are widely grown in the U.S. Most of them just aren’t hardy enough for any but our mildest regions, like California or Florida. Blue Star Creeper is a notable exception—it’s hardy to -20ºF. Use it to liven up your outdoor living space—and throw another shrimp on the barbie, mate!
Try Blue Star Creeper in between stepping stones. It’s an excellent choice because it can tolerate an errant step here and there, and it’s also a fine choice because of its growth habit. It grows up to the stones, but not over them—never obscuring them. The pathway remains clear.
How to Grow
Blue Star Creeper is a fast-growing groundcover in the conditions it favors. These include a sunny site with shade during the hottest part of the day and moist but not soggy soil. In mild-winter regions, this Spirit will be evergreen, providing some visual interest during the dormant season. Don’t place small, delicate plants in its pathway, and think very carefully about where you put it, because Blue Star Creeper may be hard to get rid of if you decide you don’t want it anymore and you don’t wish to use chemical herbicides.
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