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LJShannon
Jul 5, 2016 12:20 PM CST
I am looking for a ground cover for a high altitude garden and found this on a hike -- any ideas what it is?
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Jul 5, 2016 1:02 PM CST

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Might be Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) or a similar species. If so, it's a fairly common shrub in mountain forests in North America.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Jul 5, 2016 1:39 PM CST
I agree

But what do you mean by "high altitude"? Can you update your information to show your location and zone?

I live in Reno, NV, elevation 5000 feet and I have that little manzanita growing in my yard. Its the only truly cold hardy manzanita I know of.

LJShannon
Jul 5, 2016 3:34 PM CST
I thought I marked my location. 8,500 feet in Colorado. Not sure which zone, I think zone 3.
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DaisyI
Jul 5, 2016 4:57 PM CST
Dragon's Blood Stonecrop (there are several Stonecrops that are cold hardy), Cold hardy hens and chicks (Sempervivum), creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) says hardy to Zone 4 but my daughter had it growing in Zone 2b in Idaho. And of course, Kinnikinnick Manzanita.

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