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Ground Covers

Ground cover plants make an excellent alternative to turf grass and are used to cover large areas of the yard. They cover barren ground and add texture and color to open spaces. Most groundcover plants only grow to a couple feet in height. The following ground covers are ideal for Tucson, AZ and low desert regions of Southern Arizona.

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Trailing Acacia Trailing Acacia Acacia redolens The leathery leaves are dark olive green and remain on Trailing Acacia through both drought and cold. In the spring this plant is adorned with small yellow, rod-like flower spikes.
Hearts and Flowers Hearts and Flowers Aptenia cordifolia Hearts and Flowers is a perennial succulent commonly used as a ground cover. It has heart-shaped leaves and small, magenta pink to reddish-purple, button-like flowers.
Trailing Indigo Bush Creeping Dalea Dalea greggii Creeping Dalea forms 4-foot wide mounds that reach a height of 2 feet. The small silvery-gray leaves are persistent through the winter. Indigo flowers bloom in the spring.
Trailing Lantana Trailing Lantana Lantana montevidensis Lavender flowers accent the trailing growth habit of this lantana. It is excellent for spilling over walls or down banks. It grows to about 12 inches tall with a 4-foot spread.
Damianita Damianita Chrysactinia mexicana Damianita is easy to take care of. This hardy plant has a long bloom period. Golden yellow, daisy-like flowers are most profuse in the spring and fall. Foliage is fragrant.
Prostrate Myoporum Prostrate Myoporum Myoporum parvifolium Prostrate Myoporum is a very fast growing ground cover that requires little water and spreads erratically. Small, white flowers appear in the spring and persist through summer.
Ice Plant Ice Plant Drosanthemum speciosum 'rosea' The Ice plant forms a dense mat of sparkling leaves and brilliant pinkish purple flowers. Tolerant of both heat and cold, the 'rosea' variety blooms from midspring to summer.
Trailing Rosemary Trailing Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis 'prostratus' Trailing Rosemary is one of the best and toughest ground cover plants for arid regions. The foliage has a pine-like fragrance. Small, pale blue to white flowers appear in spring.
Sandpaper Verbena Sandpaper Verbena Verbena rigida Sandpaper Verbena has large, rough leaves and stiff, upright branches. An excellent ground cover, it grows up to 2 feet tall by 4 feet wide. It blooms light purple flowers in spring.
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