Native Ground cover Cornus canadensis
Also known as dwarf cornel, creeping dogwood. The votes are in! Canadians have spoken! A nation-wide contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, sponsored by Master Gardeners of Ontario, has embraced the bunchberry, known as quatre–temps in French and kawiscowimin in Cree, as the winner.
A beautiful and unique species of dogwood, prevalent throughout Canada from cool, moist woodlands to mountain ranges and sphagnum bogs. These mat-forming stoloniferous species are deciduous, sending up distinctive dogwood leaves in spring, followed by white flowers (actually showy bracts) late spring to summer. If pollinated, clusters of vibrant red berries form against a beautiful backdrop of bronze-red fall colour. Ideal for smaller plantings under conifers (requires Acidic soil to thrive), in combination with other native woodland species or ferns. This plant needs a bit more moisture than most of our other ground covers but very popular and requested often. If your garden soil is light-textured or gravelly, blend in compost and peat moss for moisture retention. Plant at the soil surface and mulch thinly (1-2″); conifer needles make great mulch for this plant. Direct afternoon sun and wind exposure can burn leaves. No ongoing maintenance needs to be required except watering during hot spells. Blooms white Zone 2-6
Part shade to full shade Blooms Spring-summer
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