Low-growing shrubs prized for small, shiny, leathery leaves. Flowers are insignificant. Hardiness and compact habit make them useful as low hedges, edgings, or groundcover in cold-winter areas. Lower stems root when they contact the soil. Best in well-drained soil.
Native to the mountains of the eastern U.S. Slowly makes a mat to 1 ft. high and 3–5 ft. wide. Narrow, dark green leaves grow to about 3/4 in. long.
Native to the mountains of the West. Dense plant of variable habit; may be nearly prostrate or as tall as 4 ft. Spreads about 4 ft. Growth is more compact in sun. Leaves are dark green above, paler beneath.