I am looking for info on growing ‘Ruschia Nana’ but can’t locate anyone selling started plants in Ontario. Is it because it doesnt tolerate our climate? Saw it here on YT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omT9k643oBw
Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gradeners with your inquiry.
Ruschia lineolata ‘Nana’ commonly refered to as (Dwarf Carpet of Star) is a dense matt forming evergreen succulent which originated from South Africa and has a hardiness zone of 9a to 11b. As a result it will not survive our winters and should be treated as an annual in Toronto’s zone 6 gardens.
But fear not, there are a number of ground covers which are available as a lawn alternative depending on your light requirements, soil conditions, and how much foot traffic the area will receive.
The following information is from of our recent posts:
“This City of Guelph website gives a very good overview of the kinds of plants available as lawn substitutes based on a variety of factors including foot traffic resilience and soil type. All choices are winter hardy in our part of the province: https://guelph.ca/living/house-and-home/healthy-landscapes/lawn-care/groundcovers-lawn-alternatives/#!pane2
You might also be interested in the booklet ‘Grow Me Instead’ from the Ontario Invasive Plants Council suggesting some native groundcovers. Click here.
April 9, 2021