Creeping plants can be of a variety of plant categories. Most on my list are perennials, but a few are woody shrubs. Use this list to find things that will stay fairly short, and fill in to become ground covers over time. Remember, avoid planting a mono-culture. Choose several plants, and plant as a tapestry or some sort of pattern that makes sense to you. Also see collection of succulent creeping sedums and sempervivums.

For SUNNIER Situations

Botanical Name Common Name Attributes*
Alchemilla alpina Alpine Lady's Mantle D,F
Antennaria dioica Pussytoes E,F
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Kinnickinnick E,N,F,Ft
Armeria marítima Sea Thrift E,F
Bellium minutum Miniature Mat Daisy E,F
Camassia quamish Indian or Small Camas E,N,B,F
Dryas octopetala Mountain Avens D,N
Mimulus alsinoides Monkey Flower D,F,N
Ophiopogon nigrescens Black Mondo Grass E,F
Phlox subulata Creeping Phlox E,F
Sedum oregaum Stonecrop E,N,S,F
Sempervivum spp. Chicks n Hens E,S,F
Thymus (creeping spp.) Thyme E,S,F,Fg
Veronica (creeping spp.) Speedwell E,S,F
*Attribute Codes: D=Deciduous; E=Evergreen; S=Semi-evergreen; N=Native; B=Bulb; F=Flowers; Fg=Fragrance; Ft=Fruit

For SHADIER Situations

Botanical Name Common Name Attributes*
Adiantum venustum Himalayan Maidenhair Fern E
Ajuga spp. Bugleweed S,F
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Kinnickinnick E,N,F,Ft
Asarum spp. Wild Ginger E,N,F
Cornus canadensis Bunchberry S,N,F,Ft
Cyclamen hederifolium or cuom Hardy Cyclamen D,B,F
Erodium reichardii Alpine Geranium S,F
Gaultheria procumbens Checkerberry E,N,F,Fg,Ft
Leptinella squalida Brass Buttons E,S
Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon' Variegated Creeping Mondo Grass E
Mahonia nervosa Cascade Oregon Grape E,N,F,Fg,Ft
Mentha requienii Corsican Mint N,Fg
Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' Dwarf Mondo Grass E,F
Ophiopogon nigrescens Black Mondo Grass E,F,Ft
Oxalis oregana Redwood Sorrel D,E,S,N,B,F
Pachysandra terminalis variegata Japanese Spurge E,F,Fg,Ft
Polytricum commune Common Haircap Moss E,N
Saxifraga x urbium 'Aureopunctata' Goldspot Saxifraga E,F
Selaginella Club Moss E,N
Vancouveria hexandra Inside-out Flower N,F
*Attribute Codes: D=Deciduous; E=Evergreen; S=Semi-evergreen; N=Native; B=Bulb; F=Flowers; Fg=Fragrance; Ft=Fruit

For information on understanding and using these plant lists see The Guide.

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