Evergreen prostrate gum plant groundcover is low water
Last updated 6/5/2008 at Noon
In Southern California the notion of a groundcover plant is practically synonymous with ice plant, not a single species but a group of spreading succulents that hail from South Africa. These plants were traditionally chosen for fast soil stabilization on open slopes.
However, these shallowly rooted plants are actually poor at preventing erosion and often require regular water to thrive and remain attractive. In heavy rains ice plant can even pull down entire hillsides when their water weight becomes too much for the shallow roots to support.
There are many drought-tolerant native alternat...