What grows beneath cedar trees?

I have an extremely large cedar tree with a massive root system. Everything I try to plant in the soil beneath this tree does not thrive or even survive. Is there any groundcover or short plant that can survive in the shade this tree provides? Is it because the soil is acidic from this tree or what? I have tried lamium, sweet woodruff, hostas, wild ginger and ivy. I have considered trying pachysandra and even bishop's weed only as a last resort. I don't like the bare look, please help!
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The challenge of growing groundcover under an Eastern red cedar tree is not so much related to pH as it is shade and drought. The roots of the tree suck up all the moisture and most herbaceous groundcovers have difficulty competing with this. A couple more tough ones to try are lamiastrum and ajuga. Also consider supplying some supplemental water to keep the groundcovers going.


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