Ground Cover for Central Florida

The following is a list of ground covers that are suitable for Hardiness Zones 9a and 9b. Ideally, these plants can take some frost and still survive hot humid summers.

Name
Scientific Name
Hardiness Zones
Adam's needle Yucca filamentosa
8a-9b
Agapanthus Agapanthus africanus
9a-11
Bahia grass Paspalum notatum
8a-11
Beach morning glory Ipomoea imperati (= I. stolonifera)
8-10b
Bermuda grass Cynodon dactylon
8a-11
Bitter panicgrass Panicum amarum
8a-9b
Blue porterweed Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
9a-11
Blue-eyed grass Sisyrinchium angustifolium
8a-11
Broomsedge Andropogon virginicus var. glaucus
8a-10a
Cast-iron plant Aspidistra elatior
9a-11
Cinnamon fern Osmunda cinnamomea
8a-11
Coontie Zamia pumila
8b-11
Daylily Hemerocallis hybrids
8a-10b
Fancyleaved caladium Caladium x hortulanum
9a-11
Fountain grass Pennisetum setaceum
8-11
Giant leather fern Acrostichum danaeifolium
9a-11
Ginger, Butterfly Hedychium coronarium
9a-11
Gopher apple Licania michauxii
8a-11
Holly fern Cyrtomium falcatum
9a-11
Holly, Dwarf Yaupon Ilex vomitoria 'Shellings'
8a-10a
Ivy, Algerian Hedera canariensis
8-10b
Ivy, English Hedera helix
8a-9b
Jasmine, Dwarf Confederate Trachelospermum asiaticum
8a-10b
Juniper, Japanese garden Juniperus procumbens
8a-10b
Juniper, Parson Juniperus chinensis 'Parsonii'
8-10b
Juniper, Pftizer Juniperus chinensis 'Pftizeriana'
8a-10b
Juniper, shore Juniperus conferta
8a-10a
Lily turf Liriope spp.
8a-10b
Lopsided Indiangrass Sorghastrum secundum
8a-11
Maidencane Panicum hemitomon
8a-11
Mangrove spider lily Hymenocallis latifolia
8a-10b
Mondo grass Ophiopogon japonicus
8-10b
Muhly grass Muhlenbergia capillaris
8a-11
Pampas grass Cortaderia selloana
8a-11
Powderpuff Mimosa strigillosa
8a-9b
Purple lovegrass Eragrostis spectabilis
8a-9b
Purple queen Tradescantia pallida
8a-10a
Railroad vine Ipomoea pes-caprae
9a-11
Royal fern Osmunda regalis
8a-10b
Saltgrass Distichlis spicata
8-11
Saltmeadow cord grass Spartina patens
8a-9b
Sand cord grass, switchgrass Spartina bakeri
8a-11
Sea oats Uniola paniculata
8a-11
Sea purslane Sesuvium portulacastrum
9-10b
Seashore dropseed Sporobolus virginicus
8a-11
Seashore paspalum Paspalum vaginatum
8-11
Smooth cord grass Spartina alterniflora
8a-11
Smooth water-hyssop Bacopa monnieri
8a-11
Southern shield fern Thelypteris kunthii
8a-10b
St. Augustine grass Stenotaphrum secundatum
8a-11
St. John's wort, Atlantic Hypericum reductum
8a-9b
Strawberry Fragaria chiloensis
8a-9b
String-lily Crinum americanum
8a-11
Sunflower, beach Helianthus debilis
8a-10b
Swamp fern Blechnum serrulatum
9a-11
Wandering Jew Tradescantia pendula
8a-10a
Wild petunia Ruellia caroliniensis
8a-11
Wiregrass Aristida beyrichiana
8a-10a
Zoysiagrass Zoysia japonica
8a-11