Groundcovers - Knowledgebase Question

Colton, CA
Question by nvr2grn
April 10, 1999
What could we use as a ground cover for our slope? We have a lot of gophers and need something that is drought tolerant, and also fire retardant.

Answer from NGA
April 10, 1999


You didn't specify whether you needed plants for a sunny, or a shady slope, so we'll supply suggestions for plants that fit your requirements and will grow in either sun or shade. Aptenia cordifolia 'Apple Red' is an exceptional groundcover for your area, growing 6"-8" tall, bearing bright red flowers and requiring very little water. The height will help disguise any gopher tunnels or mounds of dirt they leave. Also consider Kinnikinnick, Calylophus hartwegii, Gazania, Malephora (Ice Plant) or Ground Morning Glory.

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