Drought Devils: Grasses & Ground-covers

August 25, 2015

Lawn Alternatives that can tolerate light foot traffic – Sold by plugs or SOD

  • ‘Kurapia’ (Lippia nodiflora) a perennial which requires 60% less water once established – sold like sod in rolls by the square foot
  • California Native Sod Blends: Mow and no-mow varieties require 50% less water once established. Sold in rolls by the square foot, minimum of 200 s/f order
  • Carex praegracilis, C. pansa – sold by plugs
  • Festuca rubra, F. idahoensis, F. occidentalis – sold by plugs

Low-profile Groundcovers under 1′ tall – Available in 4″, 1 gallon, and some in 5 gallon

  • Arctostaphylos ‘Emerald Carpet’, A. uva-ursi ‘Pt Reyes’, A. edmunsii ‘Carmel Sur’
  • Ceanothus ‘Diamond Heights’, C. gloriosus ‘Heart’s Desire’, C. hearsitorium
  • Convolvulus mauritanicus
  • Cotoneaster dammeri ‘Lowfast’
  • Delosperma
  • Dymondia margaretae
  • Gazania
  • Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’, procumbens ‘Nana’
  • Myoporum parvifolium, M. p. ‘Pink’, M. p. ‘Putah Creek’
  • Rubus calyinoides
  • Sedum ‘Angelina’, S. spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’, S. s. ‘Tricolor’, S. s. ‘Voodoo’, S. reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’
  • Senecio mandraliscae, S. serpens
  • Thymus ‘Elfin’, T. minus, T. ‘Pink Chintz’, T. ‘Woolly’, T. ‘Red Creeping’

Ornamental Grasses – Available in 4″, 1 gallon, and some in 5 gallon

  • Aristida purpurea
  • Bouteloua gracilis, B. g. ‘Blonde Ambition’
  • Calamagrostis foliosa, C. x a. ‘Karl Foerster’
  • Carex tumulicola (C. divulsa)
  • Festuca amethystina ‘Superba’, F. californica, F. glauca ‘Elijah Blue’, F. idahoensis, F. mairei, F. ovina glauca, F. rubra ‘Molate’, F. x ‘Siskiyou Blue’
  • Leymus arenarius ‘Glaucus’, condesatus ‘Canyon Prince’, tritricoides
  • Lomandra longifolia ‘Breeze’, L. l. ‘Lime Tuff’, L. l. ‘Nyalla’, L. hystrix ‘Tropic Belle’
  • Muhlenbergia dubia, M. rigens