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Dichondra argentea (Silver ponysfoot)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Dichondra argentea

Dichondra argentea Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.

Silver Ponysfoot, Silver Ponyfoot

Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)


USDA Symbol: DIAR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Low-growing, herbaceous plant. The silver gray foliage has a metallic appearance in the sun and grows to about 3-4 inches tall.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Puberulent
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 inches tall.
Leaf: Silver

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


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

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
United States Botanic Garden - Washington, DC
NPSOT - Native Plant Society of Texas - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Dichondra argentea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dichondra argentea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dichondra argentea


Record Modified: 2023-02-06
Research By: TMH, GDG

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