This glorious green love child of A. uva-ursi and A. nummularia was first introduced to the world by Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. It’s an outstanding CA native option if you’re thinking about ditching the lawn, or have a wide open space you want to fill with something easy and pretty. ‘Emerald Carpet’ grows to 1’ high and 6-10’ wide and is densely covered with deep green, glossy leaves on pretty mahogany stems. Bonus points for exfoliating bark. Mid-Winter through Spring, delightful little white bells abound, followed by red fruits that are reportedly tasty. Water wise it’s tough, but an occasional good soaking every few weeks in Summer will keep it looking its best (especially inland). Not a fan of extreme heat, part shade is best in hot spots. Well drained soil is best.