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Dichondra argentea

Silver Ponyfoot, Silver ponysfoot

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)

Dichondra argentea (Silver ponyfoot)
Marcus, Joseph A.
Low-growing, herbaceous plant. The silver gray foliage has a metallic appearance in the sun and grows to about 34 inches tall.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Puberulent
Size Notes: 3-4
Leaf: Silver
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: West Texas to southeastern Arizona and Mexico
Native Habitat: Herbaceous perennial groundcover, 3 H.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: well draining soil.
Conditions Comments: An perennial groundcover useful for covering large areas in open, sunny sites in well-drained soil. The silver gray foliage has a metallic appearance in the sun.


Use Ornamental: It is a drought tolerant trailing perennial herb that forms low mats up to 30 inches across. Often treated like an annual.
Use Other: It grows into a dense ground cover that is useful in erosion control.
Interesting Foliage: yes

Last Update: 2007-08-09