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Alpine Carpet® Juniper

Juniperus communis 'Mondap'

A native to the Rocky Mountains, this evergreen alpine plant has dense, soft-textured, green foliage. Proven to be extremely hardy, and thrives in poor, rocky soils. A choice groundcover for use in mass plantings, along slopes and hillsides. Excellent for bonsai.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationju-NIP-er-us kom-MU-nis
LoreJuniper berries are the flavoring agent of gin. It's oil was once highly valued as a medicinal and used in many compounds. It was used to line pits where Native Americans stored food for winter because its oils prove a natural insect repellant.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 8 in. tall, slowly spreading to 36 in. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasExtreme tolerance of brutal cold and humidity makes this creeping Juniper a reliable plant for difficult sites. Because they are shrubs, you can plant them through weed-blocking fabric. Thrives in rocky soils and mountainous conditions, where the soil is thin. Use on slopes for coverage or erosion control, allow it to drape off retaining walls or cover unsightly transition zones at the edges of paving. Prostrate habit and slow growth also makes it a candidate for potted bonsai. Excellent deer resistance.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsClematis (Clematis); Rose (Rosa); Catmint (Nepeta); Barberry (Berberis); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)

Highly adaptable and easy to grow in average well-drained soils, even poor, rocky soils. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Control weeds until plants have filled in. Feed in early spring. Prune only as needed to maintain desired shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-6

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