These native plants are suitable substitutes for Euonymus fortunei in the landscape. The herbaceous plants can be used as groundcovers.
Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) is a semi-evergreen, climbing vine with large, showy red and yellow flowers attractive to hummingbirds. It will grow in various light and soil conditions. There are cultivars.
Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) is an easy-to-grow evergreen fern tolerant of drier soils and shade.
Green-and-Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) ‘Eco-Lacquered Spider’ is a low, spreading evergreen herb with attractive yellow flowers in spring.
Narrowleaf silkgrass (Pityopsis graminifolia) [ Heterotheca graminifolia, Chrysopsis graminifolia ] has silvery, hairy foliage and yellow flowers in late summer. It tolerates poor, dry soil.
Pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia) is a small, creeping, evergreen herb with silvery foliage and tiny white flowers in spring. It tolerates poor, dry soil.
Lyre-leaf Sage (Salvia lyrata) seeds quickly to produce a carpet of foliage rosettes with a maroon tinge. In spring, it sends up a spire of light blue flowers.