Plants That Thrive in Acidic Soil

There are always spots in the landscape that can be more acidic than others. Gardeners should always take a soil test to see whether their soil is alkaline or acidic. Keep in mind that it can be different in different areas of the landscape, so take soil samples wherever you want to place a garden. Choose acidic loving plants so that you get the best results in acidic soil locations.

Lily of the Valley Bush

Lily of the Valley Bush, or Pieris japonica, is part of the Ericaceae, or heath, family. It is a fragrant evergreen. This shrub has white or pink flowers in cluster in late winter or early spring. The plant gets 8 to 12 inches tall and 6 to 10 feet wide. Foliage is 2 to 3 inches long going from red to glossy green. It requires acidic well drained soil, light shade, and regular watering. It can be propagated via greenwood cuttings in spring or summertime semi-hardwood cuttings.


Pitcherplants, or Sarracenia spp., are from the Sarraceniaceae, or pitcherplant, family. It is a wet soil loving perennial. Their leaves are tubular funnels that range from 4 inches to 3 feet tall. The "pitcher" can be many different colors. It requires full sun and rain water to keep the plant continually moist. IT can be propagated via spring division or seed.

Formosa Lily

Formosa Lily, or Lilium formosanum, is from the Liliaceae, or lily, family. It is an easy growing perennial that is fragrant. It gets 6 to 7 feet tall with dark green leaves 3 to 8 inches long. Flowers are trumpet shaped and white 5 to 8 inches long. This plant prefers full sun and a moist acidic soil. It can be propagated via bulb division in the winter or by sowing seeds when they are ripe.

Pruneleaf Azalea

Pruneleaf Azalea, or Rhododendron prunifolium, is from the Ericaeceae, or heath, family. It will flower in mid to late summer with salmon, orange, red, or pink funnel shaped flowers. The plant will get 10 to 15 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. Leaves are 2 to 4 inches long. It prefers moist acidic soils. Propagate via seed or stem tip cuttings in spring.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.