fast growing natives

Asked February 22, 2019, 2:43 PM EST

Are there any fast growing shade perennials/grasses/shrubs that do not end up being invasive? - natives or non natives are fine. Thanks!

Baltimore County Maryland

3 Responses

Take a look at our list of groundcovers for some options that will grow well in the shade. From this list, the comfrey 'Hidcote Blue' and wood spurge are probably the fastest growing.

Eastern sweetshrub (Calycanthus floridus), hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia), and golden groundsel (Packera) are some additional options to consider as well.

The Chesapeake Native Plant Finder is a good resource to use to search for native plants that would be suitable for shady conditions. You did not mention if you have moist are dry conditions, which is another factor to consider when you make your choices. You can use this website to explore options.


Thank you so much. My area is under black walnut trees... Not dense shade but soil is rocky/clay. It is a large sloped area that does remain more moist than dry. Really appreciate your help!!

Actually, there has been a recent publication about black walnut trees reviewing the current research into black walnut allelopathy (juglone). It discusses the practical significance of gardening in the presence of black walnut trees.