Alpine Carpet® Juniper
Juniperus communis 'Mondap'
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||ju-NIP-er-us kom-MU-nis|
|Lore||Juniper 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 Maturity||Reaches 8 in. tall, slowly spreading to 36 in. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||Extreme 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.|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.|
|Key Feature||Waterwise Groundcover|
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