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Dichondra repens (Lawn Leaf)

Kidney Weed, Dichondra Pony Foot, Lawn Leaf


A popular grass substitute, Dichondra repens (Lawn Leaf) is a perennial ground cover forming a lush carpet of small, bright green, kidney-shaped leaves. Its creeping stems root wherever the nodes touch the ground. Inconspicuous flowers produce seeds that may remain in the soil for many years before sprouting. Ground-hugging, Dichondra repens is maintenance free, and useful for spots where normal grasses may not do as well. Handsome between pavers, it can tolerate light foot traffic. A great lawn alternative, its chief advantage over grass is that it needs be mowed only 3 or 4 times a year. It can also be used in rockeries.

  • Grows up to 2 in. tall (5 cm).
  • This sturdy performer is easy to grow and generally pest and disease free.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in well-drained soils. Deep and infrequent watering is necessary once established. Allow the plants to dry out slightly between watering.
  • When used in lawn situations it can be mowed for a smooth finish.
  • Native to Australia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2" (5cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2" (5cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden

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