Then again I personally am not particularly frustrated with Purple Wintercreeper. In fact, it’s a lovely, carefree groundcover confined to just one section of my garden—spilling over the stone wall of a raised bed.
It’s one of those fun chameleon-like plants that changes with the seasons and the lighting.
, Purple Wintercreeper: Ohio State University
* Is native to
* Grows well in zones 5 to 9;
* Thrives in full sun to part shade; and
* Prefers moist, well-drained soils, yet tolerates poor soils.
But it’s a non-native invasive in this part of the world. So I feel guilty about allowing it to continue growing in my garden. I posted about a year ago regarding my personal philosophies on non-natives and garden zones. I’m comfortable planting some non-native perennials in select areas of the garden.
But reading that Purple Wintercreeper, left unchecked, crowds out native plants in the eastern
, gives me pause. I didn’t plant it here, but does that make me any less responsible for its growth? U.S.
With my busy family and work schedule up to this point in my life, I haven’t had time to deal with it. But maybe this spring is the time to dig it up. I have two problems with this challenge, though. Purple Wintercreeper is:
1. Extremely difficult to eradicate, according to many sources; and
2. One of the most carefree and interesting four-season plants in my garden.
Various botanical institutions weigh in on the merits and drawbacks of Euonymus fortunei coloratus, including:
I haven’t decided yet what I’ll do with the Purple Wintercreeper in my garden. But during this mild, brown/gray winter, I’m enjoying its many colors.