101 Acid loving Plants For Acidic Soil

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51. Iris

Botanical Name: Iris Germanica

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7.5, depends on the type of Iris

With so many colors to choose from, there are hundreds of iris cultivars to choose from this genus.

52. Ixora

Botanical Name: Ixora coccinea

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 5.5

With bright-looking, star-shaped flowers that bloom in a bunch, ixora is one of the most amazing acid-loving plants that grow naturally in the tropical climate.

53. Japanese Silver Grass

Botanical Name: Miscanthus Sacchariflorus

Soil Ph: Between 4.5 to 7.5

It’s an ornamental grass with bright green foliage, that often turns yellow in fall. It looks perfect when planted along the borders and also as an accent in a large pot.

54. Juniper

Botanical Name: Juniperus

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 7.0

Junipers are low maintenance and can be grown in containers as well easily.

55. Leeks

Botanical Name: Allium ampeloprasum ‘Leek Group.’

Soil Ph: Between 6.0 to 6.8

Leek grows best in full sun, in slightly acidic soil that’s rich in organic matter.

56. Leucothoe

Botanical Name: Leucothoe axillaris

Soil Ph: Between 4.5 to 6.8

With attractive looking foliage in red, bronze, or vibrant green colors and equally beautiful flowers; this is a must-have plant. They are easy to maintain and look best when kept in a patio or balcony.

57. Lingonberries

Botanical Name: Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea

Soil Ph: Between 4.3 to 5.5

This really short cold climate berry plant doesn’t grow above 6-10 inches mostly. The berries are edible.

58. Lily of the Valley

Botanical Name: Convallaria Majalis

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 7.0

Clusters of beautiful looking bell-shaped flowers arrive in the spring with recognizable and famous lily of the valley scent.

59. Lilyturf

Botanical Name: Liriope

Soil Ph: Between ‎6.0 to 7.0

Tiny purple flowers appear on upright spikes, Lily Turf is an excellent plant choice as a groundcover or container plant.

60. Lupine

Botanical Name: Lupinus

Soil Ph: Between 6.8 to 7.2

One of the best cottage garden plants, you can also grow in containers.

61. Southern Magnolia


Botanical Name: Magnolia grandiflora

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 6.5

If you have got a large backyard in a slightly warm region, you can grow this large evergreen tree for its fragrant white flowers.

62. Mahonia

Botanical Name: Mahonia aquifolium

Soil Ph: Between 5 to 7.4

Once established, they offer you a year-round dark tint green look with tings of red. The fragrant yellow flowers appear in March.

63. Marigold

Botanical Name: Tagetes

Soil Ph: Between 5.6 to 7.5

You can grow marigolds in slightly acidic soil easily. Grow it in your vegetable garden to make it colorful. Also, check out these colorful vegetables!

64. Musk Melon

Botanical Name: Cucumis Melo

Soil Ph: Between 6.0 to 6.5

You can grow musk melons in slightly acidic soil.

65. Molinia Arundinacea

Botanical Name: Molinia Caerulea Subsp. Arundinacea

Soil Ph: Between 3.5 to 5.0

It’s a long ornamental grass that particularly looks graceful in the garden when it sways in the breeze. They come on their own in autumn, giving your yard a dramatic look.

66. Moor Grass

Botanical Name: Molinia arundinacea

Soil Ph: Between 3.5 to 5.0

This tall ornamental grass grows well in acidic to really acidic soil. You can also check out other ornamental grasses to grow in pots here.

67. Rowan (Mountain Ash)

Botanical Name: Sorbus aucuparia

Soil Ph: Between 4.5 to 7.5

These small ornamental trees attract a lot of wildlife, its berries can be eaten raw or made into jams, jellies, and sorbets.

68. Mountain Laurel

Botanical Name: Kalmia Latifolia

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 5.5

Mountain laurel blooms beautifully in spring and has glossy deep green evergreen foliage This decorative shrub is a perfect choice for mass planting in a garden.

69. Nasturtium

Botanical Name: Tropaeolum

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7.5

You can have Nasturtium flowers in salads. This flowering edible can grow well in slightly acidic soil.

70. Oak

Botanical Name: Quercus

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 6.5

Oaks are one of those majestic story-telling trees that can see generations.

71. Onion

Botanical Name: Allium Cepa

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 6.5

Onions grow best in slightly acidic soil that is loamy and has some moisture-retaining ability.

72. Pachysandra

Botanical Name: Pachysandra Terminalis

Soil Ph: Between 4.5 to 5.5

One of the best ground covers to grow if you don’t have much access to sunlight. It thrives well under the canopy of other plants and trees, making it a perfect choice for gardens.

73. Parsley

Botanical Name: Petroselinum crispum

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7.0

Mildly acidic to neutral soil pH is optimum for growing parsley. You can also grow this herb indoors easily.

74. Pawpaw

Botanical Name: Asimina triloba

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7.5

If you’re dealing with acidic soil, try growing pawpaws in your garden.

75. Peanuts

Botanical Name: Arachis hypogaea

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7.0

Peanuts are actually classified as legumes and you can even grow them in pots. The how-to guide is here.

76. Bell Pepper

Botanical Name: Capsicum annuum

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7

Whether you’re growing sweet pepper or hot, they all prefer mildly acidic soil to grow productively.

77. Phlox

Botanical Name: Phlox paniculata

Soil Ph: Between 5.7 to 7.5

Producing flowers in deep and vibrant shades, it adds a touch of beauty to your garden. The flowerheads tower over its foliage, making it perfect for enhancing the beauty of your house.

78. Japanese Andromeda

Botanical Name: Pieris japonica

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 6.0

One more heather family plant, which also goes by the name ‘Lily of the Valley Shrub.’

79. Pine

Botanical Name: Pinus

Soil Ph: Between 4.5-6.0

Pine is commercially grown for carpentry, but people prefer to have it in their garden, thanks to its unique looking foliage that has a distinctive spine-like appearance.

80. Potatoes

Botanical Name: Solanum tuberosum

Soil Ph: Between 4.8-6

Potatoes perform best in acidic soil. You can also plant them in grow bags and pots.

81. Pumpkin

Botanical Name: Cucurbita pepo

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 6.8

With a trademark of getting used exclusively for Halloween, we all love pumpkins for their nutritional punch!

82. Radishes

Botanical Name: Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7.0

Mildly acidic to neutral soil is that is rich in organic matter is best for growing radishes. Learn about radish types you can grow in your garden here.

83. Raspberry

Botanical Name: Rubus idaeus

Soil Ph: Between 5.5-6.8

To enjoy juicy, homegrown rasberries you dont need a garden, you can also grow them in pots.

84. Rhododendron

Botanical Name: Rhododendron Ferrugineum

Soil Ph: Between 4.5 to 5.5

When it comes to acid loving plants rhododenrons tops the list.

85. Rhubarb

Botanical Name: Rheum Rhabarbarum

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 6.8

Used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. The plant has a distinctive sour and bitter taste. It can easily be grown in containers.

86. Shallots

Botanical Name: Allium cepa var. Aggregatum

Soil Ph: Between 6.0 to 7.0

Shallots are one of the types of onions. The only difference being they have a mild and sweet flavor as compared to the onions.

87. Sorrel

Botanical Name: Rumex Acetosa

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 6.8

This perennial herb, with its tangy and lemony flavor, is widely used in a variety of French cuisines.

88. Spinach

Botanical Name: Spinacia oleracea

Soil Ph: Between 6 to 7.5

This leafy green is considered a superfood, thanks to the vitamins and minerals it is packed with. It is also a very rich source of iron. Grow it in your garden or pots with the help of this article

89. Spruce

Acid Loving Plants

Botanical Name: Picea

Soil Ph: Between 4.5 and 7

Many spruce species can grow in soil pH as low as 4.

Also Read: How to Grow Blue Spruce Tree

90. Squash

Botanical Name: Cucurbita

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 6.8

Both the summer and winter squash have similar growing requirements and grow best in slightly acidic soil.

91. Strawberry

Botanical Name: Fragaria X ananassa

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 6.9

You can grow strawberries anywhere, even on your windowsill, indoors. Check out our article to learn more.

92. Sweet Corn

Botanical Name: Zea mays var. saccharata

Soil Ph: Between 5.8 to 6.5

Homegrown sweet corns are sweet and juicy, a taste you can’t find anywhere and you can grow corns in pots as well, here’s the tutorial.

93. Sweet Potatoes

Botanical Name: Ipomoea batatas

Soil Ph: Between 4.5 to 7.5

Do you know sweet potatoes are not related to potatoes? They actually belong to morning glory family.

94. Tomato

Botanical Name: Solanum Lycopersicum

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7.5

While you can grow tomatoes in neutral and slightly alkaline soil as well, they grow best in slightly acidic soils. You can also plant them indoors.

95. Turnip

Botanical Name: Brassica rapa subsp. Rapa

Soil Ph: Between 5.5 to 7

Turnip greens are as tasty turnip roots, learn about more leafy vegetables here.

96. Nootka Cypress

Botanical Name: Xanthocyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’

Soil Ph: Between 5.0 to 7.4

This medium size evergreen conifer tree has attractive dark green foliage, primarily grown for ornamental purpose.

97. Northern White Cedar

Botanical Name: Thuja occidentalis

Soil Ph: Between 5 to 8

This evergreen coniferous tree has a pyramidical shape, it can grow up to 60 feet tall and tolerate acidic to alkaline soil.

98. White Sage

Botanical Name: Salvia apiana

Soil Ph: Between 5 to 8.0

It is believed that the white sage removes negative energies, which is why it’s also known as ‘Sacred Sage’. It’s a common practice to burn white sage in ritural called smudging.

99. White Mugwort

Botanical Name: Artemisia lactiflora

Soil Ph: Between 4.8 to 7.0

This Aster family plant is grown for its flowers as well as foliage.

100. Witch Hazel

Botanical Name: Hamamelis virginiana

Soil Ph: Between 4.5 to 6.5

Soothe sensitive skin and ease inflammation is where witch hazel comes in handy. Plus, its unique appearance will surely attract a lot of onlookers to your yard!

101. Oxalis

Your search for what grows in acidic soil ends with this extensive list of 101 Acid Loving Plants for your garden!


Botanical Name: Oxalis

Soil Ph: Between 6 to 7.2

Oxalis genus has many annual and perennial plants, the majority of them are considered a weed.

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  1. Hello… this is a great and valuable list!
    Is the list available WITHOUT photos, (just a list of the names of the plants)?


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