Ground Covers

Site Legend

  • E - Plants designated as low or moderate water use on the El Paso County Suggested Plant List are indicated as "E".
  • L - Plants designated as low or moderate water use on the Las Cruces Plant List will be indicated as "L".

Water Requirement:

  • H = High water use. Either large volumes or frequent application of water is needed throughout the life of the plant; weekly or more often during peak summer months.
  • M = Moderate water use. Some supplemental water is needed throughout the life of the plant; at least twice monthly during peak summer months once established.
  • L = Low water use. Able to survive once established without supplemental water; water needed at least once a month for plants to look their best.

Soils Suitability:

  • Suitable for any soil unless specific one listed.


  • Plants with high pollen production are indicated as "P"
Scientific name Common nameWaterHeightSunlightSoil
Anacyclus depressus - L Mat Daisy L3 to 12"
Baccaris pilularis - EL Dwarf CoyotebushLto 12"
Cerastium tomentosum - L Snow In SummerM6 to 8"FullSandy
Chamaemelum nobilis Chamomile L/M3 to 12"
Clematis ligusticifolia Western VirginsbowerM18 to 20"
Cotoneaster dammeri Eichholz, Lowfast, Coral Beauty, CotoneasterM3 to 6"
Cytisus decumbens Creeping BroomMto 8"
Delosperma nubigenum - L Ice PlantLto 12"FullSandy
Duchesnea indica Mock StrawberryMto 8"Partial
Euphorbia cyparissias Cypress SpurgeMto 12"
Euphorbia epithymoides Cushion SpurgeM/H12 to 18"
Euphorbia rigida - L SpurgeLto 24"
Gypsophila repens Creeping Baby's BreathM4 to 8"Part/Full
Juniperus horizontalis - L Creeping JuniperM4 to 18"Full
Lantana montevidensis - L Trailing Lantana Mto 36"Full
Mahonia repens - L Creeping MahoniaMto 36"Shade/Part
Melampodium leucanthum - L Blackfoot DaisyL6 to 16"
Oenothera berlandieri - EL Mexican Evening Primrose
Oenothera hookeri Hooker Evening PrimroseL/M8 to 24"
Penstemon caespitosus Mat PenstemonMto 4"Sun/Shade
Potentilla tabernaemontani Spring CinquefoilM2 to 6"
Santolina chamaecyparissus Lavender CottonL12 to 36"
Saponaria ocymoides - L SoapwortM6 to 9"Full
Sedum spp. - L StonecropL/M4 to 24"Full
Sedum spurium Dragon's Blood SedumL2 to 6"Full
Sempervivum tectorum - L Hen and Chicks Mto 4"Full
Thymus spp. - L Lemon or Creeping thymeM2 to 12"Full
Verbena peruviana - L VerbenaLto 4"Full
Veronica prostrata Harebell VeronicaM3 to 8"