Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia/Oconee Bells

Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia / Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia
Glossy, Galax-like foliage with pale veins
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Glossy, Galax-like foliage with pale veins

A planting in a nature preserve in western North Carolina

A handsome thick ground cover planting

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Scientific Name: Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia
Common Name: Oconee Bells
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is a good ground cover perennial for cool, moist areas which have a humus-rich soil. It produces round, glossy, dark green foliage. The foliage is quite similar to Galax but somewhat smaller. Leaves have wavy margins.