Groundcover plants are extremely useful in native plant gardening as a environmentally beneficial lawn replacement. They also serve the purpose of forming a living mulch. Some of our favorite go-to groundcovers are listed below.

Common Name Scientific Name Sun Height Type Humboldt Native
Common Yarrow
Common Yarrow
Achillea millefolium
Low
1 - 3 ft
P
Sea Thrift
Sea Thrift
Armeria maritima
Low
~ 1 ft
P
Douglas' Sagewort
Douglas' Sagewort
Artemisia douglasiana
Tall
~ 8 ft
P
Wild Ginger
Wild Ginger
Asarum caudatum
Low
~ 1 ft
P
Beach evening-primrose
Beach evening-primrose
Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia
Low
~ 1 ft
P
Yerba Buena
Yerba Buena
Clinopodium douglasii
Low
< 1 ft
P
Bleeding Heart
Bleeding Heart
Dicentra formosa
Low
1 - 2 ft
P
Beach Strawberry
Beach Strawberry
Fragaria chiloensis
Low
< 1 ft
P
Woodland Strawberry
Woodland Strawberry
Fragaria vesca
Low
< 1 ft
P
Oregon Gumweed
Oregon Gumweed
Grindelia stricta
Moderate
3 - 5 ft
P
Sorrel
Sorrel
Oxalis oregana
Low
< 1 ft
P
Beach Knotweed
Beach Knotweed
Polygonum paronychia
Low
< 3 ft
P
Checker Bloom
Checker Bloom
Sidalcea malviflora
Low
< 2 ft
P
Northern Vancouveria
Northern Vancouveria
Vancouveria hexandra
Low
~ 1 ft
P
Kinnikinnick
Kinnikinnick
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Low
~ 2 ft
Miner's Lettuce
Miner's Lettuce
Claytonia perfoliata
Low
~ 1 ft
A
California Poppy
California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica
Low
< 2 ft
A
Nested Polypody Fern
Nested Polypody Fern
Polypodium calirhiza
Low
1 - 2 ft
Sword Fern
Sword Fern
Polystichum munitum
Moderate
2 - 6 ft
Broad-leaved Stonecrop
Broad-leaved Stonecrop
Sedum spathulifolium
Low
< 1 ft