Low Shrubs & Ground Covers

Kinnickinnik

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Flower Color: pink

Flower Time: spring

Xeric: moderately

Region: L

Size: low shrub/ ground cover

Fruit: yes

Evergreen: yes

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Low Oregon-grape

Berberis repens

Flower Color: yellow

Flower Time: spring

Xeric: yes

Region: L, R, W, M

Size: 1 ft.

Fruit: yes

Evergreen: yes

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Northern Buckwheat

Eriogonum compositum

Flower Color: Cream to yellow to pink

Flower Time: Early summer

Xeric: extremely

Region: L

Size: low shrub/ ground cover

Fruit: seed

Evergreen: no

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Nevada Native Plant Society

Douglas' buckwheat

Eriogonum douglasii

Flower Color: butter yellow

Flower Time: Summer

Xeric: extremely

Region: W

Size: 6 - 8 inches

Fruit: seed

Evergreen: yes

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Wyeth buckwheat, Parsnip flower buckwheat

Eriogonum heracleoides

Flower Color: cream to yellow

Flower Time: Early summer

Xeric: extremely

Region: L

Size: 8- 14” tall, 1-3’ wide.

Fruit: seed

Evergreen: semi-evergreen

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Snow buckwheat

Eriogonum niveum

Flower Color: White

Flower Time: Summer

Xeric: extremely

Region: R

Size: 1 ft.

Fruit: seed

Evergreen: semi-evergreen

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Blue Mountain buckwheat

Eriogonum strictum

Flower Color: butter yellow

Flower Time: Summer

Xeric: extremely

Region: W

Size: 4-12 inches

Fruit: seed

Evergreen: semi-evergreen

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Thyme-leaf buckwheat

Eriogonum thymoides

Flower Color: white, cream, sometimes pink, yellow, red

Flower Time: spring

Xeric: extremely

Region: L, R

Size: 4 - 6 inches

Fruit: seed

Evergreen: yes

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Sulphur Flower Buckwheat

Eriogonum umbellatum var. majus

Flower Color: Cream to pink

Flower Time: spring

Xeric: yes

Region: R

Size: low shrub/ ground cover

Fruit: seed

Evergreen: yes

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Lavender

Lavandula sp.(Hardy English)

Flower Color: lavender

Flower Time: Summer

Xeric: yes

Region: Introduced

Size: 2 ft

Fruit:

Evergreen: semi-evergreen

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Oregon boxleaf, Mountain lover

Paxistima myrsinites

Flower Color: maroon

Flower Time: spring

Xeric: yes

Region: L, R, W

Size: Up to 2 ft.

Fruit: inconspicuous

Evergreen: yes

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Barrett's Penstemon

Penstemon barrettiae

Flower Color: Purple

Flower Time: spring

Xeric: very

Region: R

Size: 6 - 12 inches tall by 3 - 4 ft. wide

Fruit:

Evergreen: yes

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Shrubby Penstemon

Penstemon fruticosus

Flower Color: Purple, occasionally pink or white

Flower Time: Spring

Xeric: very

Region: L

Size: 1 - 2 ft,

Fruit:

Evergreen: yes

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Cliff Penstemon, Rock Penstemon

Penstemon rupicola

Flower Color: pink to purple

Flower Time: spring

Xeric: yes

Region: R

Size: low shrub/ ground cover

Fruit:

Evergreen: yes

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Purple Sage

Salvia dorrii

Flower Color: Purple

Flower Time: Summer

Xeric: extremely

Region: L

Size: 1 - 2 ft, occasionally 3+

Fruit:

Evergreen: semi-evergreen

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Hens & Chicks, Live-Forever, House Leek

Sempervivum sp.

Flower Color: yellow, pink, white

Flower Time: spring, summer

Xeric: yes

Region: Introduced

Size: Ground cover

Fruit:

Evergreen: yes

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Birchleaf Spiraea

Spiraea betulifolia

Flower Color: White

Flower Time: Early summer

Xeric: somewhat

Region: L

Size: to 2 ft.

Fruit:

Evergreen: no

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Creeping Thyme

Thymus sp.

Flower Color: White, pink or purple

Flower Time: Summer

Xeric: yes

Region: Introduced

Size: Ground cover

Fruit:

Evergreen: yes

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