I need a list of edible plants that grow in full shade.
The summers here can get very hot, I have set aside an area so I can make a 1000 square feet courtyard, and this courtyard will have at least 50 large leaf deciduous trees planted in and around it, I am going to have an Aquaponic system in this courtyard so the constant flow of water can help cool down the shaded courtyard even more.
I am doing all of this so I can have a nice cool place to sleep on those hot summer nights.
I am also going to make other larger courtyards that have plenty of sunlight to grow my food so don’t worry.
I would be a lot easer for me to just put a water fountain in the shaded courtyard but keeping with Permaculture why do it one way when you can do it a different way and also get food out of it.
So far the only plant I have on my list is Japanese wasabi, it thrives in 80% shade.
without knowing your location, it can be hard to help.
i personally know that prickly pear cactus and aloe species and ginger species grow very well in the deep shade or better in dappled shade. i also grow many varieties of ornamental bromeliads and even a couple pineapples in the deep shade. any understory plant can probably grow great in your shade, what is local to you?
i heard them thar yanks can grow ginko in the shade.
Location: North Fork, CA. USDA Zone 9a, Heat Zone 8, 37 degrees North, Sunset 7/9, elevation 2600 feet
posted 5 years ago
I have found that schisandra aka magnolia vine grows really well in shade. They will not take hot summers in the sun. I planted two 'eastern prince' vines last fall, one of them already has fruit on it.