Although vines are usually thought of growing up a support, they also can sprawl horizontally to make a dense, attractive ground cover. Learning the identity of a ground cover, or any low, spreading plant, can be done by your own research or more easily and efficiently through visual identification by a plant enthusiast or professional. Relying on the characteristics of the plant's leaf is the quickest means to identify the ground cover, although other attributes such as flower and fruit can guarantee an accurate identification.
Trim off a leaf and stem of the ground cover plant with a pruners or scissors. If there is a flower or fruit present, collect it as well. Alternatively, take a photo of the plant, making sure to get a good shot of the leaf and any other unique characteristic.
Gather the plant sample and take to a local plant nursery or garden center and ask a clerk for help to identify it.
Walk the nursery stock at the store, comparing your plant sample's foliage with plants at the nursery. Look for similarities and note the name of the plant on the plant label, writing it down. Include the botanical name as it provides a more absolute reference to a plant's identity in reference books.
Take the plant sample, if you still aren't sure what it is, to a Cooperative Extension Office and asking a horticultural specialist to identify it. Or, a local botanical garden or arboretum will likely have a staff member who can identify it.