80124No one seems to know what ever happened to old fashioned dichondra lawns. Everyone seemed to like them, especially those of us who dislike turf grasses. Somehow, they became passe and very rare. The formerly common dichondra that such lawns were made of is now merely a resilient weed in turf lawns. But wait! We have not heard the last of this resilient and appealing perennial.

Silver Falls dichondra, Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’, has the same tiny rounded leaves, dense growth and fine texture as old fashioned dichondra lawns, but instead of rich deep green, it is strikingly silvery gray. It does not tolerate traffic well enough to work as lawn, but is a distinctive small scale groundcover, and cascades exquisitely from urns of mixed perennials or hanging pots.

The trailing growth spreads indefinitely over the surface of the soil, but is not very fast about it. As ground cover, individual plants should therefore be planted only two or three feet apart. They get two to four inches deep. Hanging growth (that can not root into the soil) can cascade more than three feet downward. Silver Falls dichondra prefers regular watering and full sun or a bit of shade.

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2 thoughts on “‘Silver Falls’ Dichondra

  1. I don’t know specifically about ‘Silver Falls’, but Silver ponyfoot (Dichondra argentea), https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=diar2 is native to my neck of the woods and I see successful swaths of it planted around Austin. I’ve haven’t had much luck with it, as it needs blasting sun and excellent drainage. I’ve grown it in pots that’s worked well for me. You’re so right though, it’s beautiful and in the right place, so much better than boring lawn.

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