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Stepables®

STEPABLES® are tough, earth-friendly, easy-to-maintain perennials that take foot traffic. These little green heroes can liberate your landscape from that not-so-green mower, cut down on the use of chemicals and create lovely beds of color! Plus, they're quick to foster friendly habitats for all kinds of great beneficial critters. Smaller carbon footprint, anyone?

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Acorus gramineus minimus Aureus

Acorus gramineus minimus Aureus

Sweet Flag

Dwarf fans of bright golden leaves make a colorful evergreen groundcover or highlight for a rock garden. Moisture loving plants, they form mats of stiff, narrow bladed leaves. Can tolerate clay soil. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on

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Ajuga reptans Chocolate Chip

Ajuga reptans Chocolate Chip

Dwarf Bugleweed

Small, narrow purplish-green colored leaves with spikes of blue flowers. This ajuga is one of the best performers. Evergreen. A great groundcover, bugleweed is happy in conditions ranging from drought to bogs. Can be grown under black walnut

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Cymbalaria aequitriloba Mini Kenilworth

Cymbalaria aequitriloba Mini Kenilworth

Mini Kenilworth Ivy

Very fine plants with tiny scalloped leaves have lots of tiny, mauve pink flowers in May and sporadically thereafter. Trailing runners make a solid mat, a nice filler in shady areas. Mostly evergreen, except in extra cold weather. Tolerates l

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Eleocharis radicans

Eleocharis radicans

Miniature Rush

A wetland plant with dense stands of deep green, bristle-like leaves that resemble lawn grass. This deciduous little rush has tiny little flower beads in summer. Creates small mounds in tight quarters. Rapid grower that readily reseeds. Native.

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Erodium reichardii Alba

Erodium reichardii Alba

White Alpine Geranium

Tiny, deep green oval leaves with scalloped edges form a dense weed suppressing cushion. It bears exquisite pure white flowers throughout the spring. Great in rock gardens or between stepping stones. Moderate growth rate. Light foot traffic. Space

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Erodium reichardii Charm

Erodium reichardii Charm

Alpine Geranium

Dainty, pink blooms appear over low mounds of tiny, blue-green scalloped leaves. Makes a nice semi-evergreen groundcover or nicely mounding clump for the rock garden. Light foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.

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Erodium reichardii Flore Pleno

Erodium reichardii Flore Pleno

Double Alpine Geranium

Lovely rosettes of pink, double blooms blanket the tops of tiny light green mounds of scallopped leaves in spring and rebloom through summer. Excellent as an accent or as and edging. Can take light foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.

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Euonymus fortunei Kewensis

Euonymus fortunei Kewensis

Miniature Wintercreeper

Shiny, dark green oval leaves on creeping stems that root where they touch the ground. Makes a great evergreen ground cover. It will climb vertical structures. Creamy green blooms are inconspicuous. Leaves turn red to burgundy in cool weather

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Glechoma hederacea Variegata

Glechoma hederacea Variegata

Creeping Charlie / Variegated Ground Ivy

Evergreen, scalloped heart-shaped leaves with white marbling. Lavender flowers on trailing stems that can be invasive. Quick covering groundcover or trailing container plant. Remove green reversions quickly. Drought tolerance makes it excellent to

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Herniaria glabra

Herniaria glabra

Rupturewort (Green Carpet)

Evergreen carpeter with tiny leaves that turn bronze in winter. Self sows. Makes a good ground cover in place of grass in sunny areas. Tolerates heavy foot traffic. Space on 6"-10" centers.

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Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

Variegated Marsh Pennywort

Green, white and yellow create a wonderful array of color for the ground. Leaves root as they spread to create dense mats. Small white/green flowers come and go quickly. A vigorous spreader, so careful placement is important. Can also be

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Isotoma fluviatilis

Isotoma fluviatilis

Blue Star Creeper

This super easy to grow mat-former has tiny rounded leaves and very small, blue star-shaped flowers that may bloom spring to frost. Semi-evergreen. Spreads by underground rhizomes and by surface rooting. May be Invasive. Great groundcover, ex

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Leptinella gruveri

Leptinella gruveri

Miniature Brass Button

Tiny serrated leaves send out runners to form a rugged carpet of soft green. Plants spread indefinitely by rhizomes/runners. Excellent between pavers. This plant is so dense that it can withstand car traffic 1-2 times a day. Heavy foot traffic. Sp

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Leptinella potentillina

Leptinella potentillina

Brass Buttons

Looking like clumps of miniature ferns, the pewter-tinted green 1/1/2"-2" long leaves make a cute, quickly spreading groundcover. The tiny yellow blooms are usually unnoticed. Takes moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.

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Leptinella squalida

Leptinella squalida

New Zealand Brass Buttons

Gray-green, ferny creeper that sports small yellow button flowers in summer. Leaves turn bronze in autumn. Nice between pavers and great for bonsai soil cover. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.

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Leptinella squalida Platt's Black

Leptinella squalida Platt's Black

Black Brass Buttons

Beautiful bronze/black, fern-like foliage creeps to form a soft, fuzzy mat. Small yellow flowers go unnoticed. Great look for entryways, courtyards, pathways or as a lawn substitute. Adaptable to most soil. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" cente

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Lindernia grandiflora

Lindernia grandiflora

Blue Moneywort

Light green leaves that hug the ground are topped with white-throated blue flowers all summer and fall. Great around stepping stones or trailing over walls or container edges. Fast growth rate. Native. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" cente

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Lobelia chinensis

Lobelia chinensis

Creeping Lobelia

Rapidly spreading plants (up to 3' per year) with small green leaves have pink lobelia-type flowers all summer and fall. Very cute. Spread indefinite. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.

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Lysimachia japonica Minutissima

Lysimachia japonica Minutissima

Miniature Moneywort

Tiny green, mouse ear leaves create a cute mat of foliage, while the small green stems root at each node, enabling it to take hold almost everywhere. Yellow flowers on top in summer.  Great between stepping stones. Heavy foot traffic. Space o

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Lysimachia nummularia Aurea

Lysimachia nummularia Aurea

Creeping Jenny / Moneywort

Rampant, prostrate, stem rooting groundcover with rounded, bright chartreuse to gold leaves. Truly golden foliage if grown in constantly wet conditions in full sun. Bright yellow flowers in summer. Semi-evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space

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Mazus reptans

Mazus reptans

Mazus

1/2" -3/4" purple-blue flowers smother the foliage for an extended period of time. Ground hugging, bright green mats of evergreen foliage. Excellent plant for using between stepping stones as it can tolerate light foot traffic. Deer resistant. Lig

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Mazus reptans Albus

Mazus reptans Albus

Mazus

1/2"-3/4" white flowers smother the foliage for an extended period of time. Ground hugging, bright green mats of evergreen foliage. Excellent plant for using between stepping stones. Tolerates light foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.

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Mentha pulegium Nana

Mentha pulegium Nana

Dwarf Pennyroyal

Evergreen, creeping plant with tiny leaves that send out the aroma of mint when brushed or stepped on. Light lavender flowers in summer. this is a strong spreader and makes a tight groundcover.  Moderate foot traffic. Space on 12" centers. More Details

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Mentha requienii

Mentha requienii

Corsican Mint

Wonderful, mat forming groundcover that features tight green, aromatic foliage. Tiny lavender flowers in summer. Plant between stones so that the gentle mint scent is released when walked on. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.

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