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Creeping Juniper 'Pancake'

  • Scientific Name: Juniperus horizontalis 'Pancake'
  • Garden: Lawn Alternatives Garden
  • Plant Type: Ground Cover
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full SUn to Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Dry

Plant Information

So many junipers and so few that are really interesting. This guy caught our attention for its relatively soft growth (to the touch) that is incredibly dense and flat to the ground (prostrate). In summer the foliage is a soft blue green and in winter it changes to soft lavender buff. Very pretty. Excellent solution for tough dry sites where you need to cover the ground completely. To just inches tall a single plant will spread 3′–4′ wide. Light to little summer water in full sun to very light shade. Easy to grow, useful plant. Nice looking year-round. Growth flows around any obstruction- around, up and over. Excellent flowing over rock walls. Moderate deer resistance. This has been used as a groundcover/ lawn substitute and it really does work. As with all ground covers the object is not to cover the whole planet but to perfectly cover the space you need (be realistic) and this plant quickly does that. Pretty at the front of borders and combined with winter blooming Cyclamen coum. In time the stems will layer and aid in erosion control— it takes a few years for this process to kick in. Plant on 2′ centers for a fast and total cover. Water to establish and speed growth and then back off.

Plant type: Ground cover, Shrub
Biome: Deer Resistance, Hot Aspects, Low Water/No Water, Oregon Coast
USDA Hardiness zone: Zn4b -20º to -25ºF
Foliage color: Gray-green
Foliage season: Evergreen

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JUHO Full, JUHO Branch (©2022 Cheri Moland)