Dichondra argentea Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.
Silver Ponyfoot, Silver Ponysfoot
Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family)
USDA Symbol: DIAR2
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Pubescence: Puberulent
Size Notes: 3-4"
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: West Texas to southeastern Arizona and Mexico
Native Habitat: Herbaceous perennial groundcover, 3" H.
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
BenefitUse 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 DirectoryAccording 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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Dichondra argentea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Dichondra argentea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Dichondra argentea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-08-09
Research By: TMH, GDG