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Dymondia margaretae (Silver Carpet)

Silver Carpet

Dymondia margaretae, Silver Carpet, drought tolerant groundcover, ground covers, grouncover, perennial ground cover
Dymondia margaretae, Silver Carpet, drought tolerant groundcover, ground covers, grouncover, perennial ground cover
Dymondia margaretae, Silver Carpet, drought tolerant groundcover, ground covers, grouncover, perennial ground cover

Native to the coastal plains of South Africa, Dymondia margaretae (Silver Carpet) is a slowly spreading evergreen perennial forming a dense silvery-green mat over time and choking out virtually all weeds. Growing no more than 1-3 in. tall (2-7 cm), its tiny and narrow, gray-green leaves curl slightly, exposing the white underside of the leaves and conferring a variegated look. Small yellow daisy flowers appear nestled amongst the foliage in summer. This hardy little plant tolerates foot traffic, making it a great choice for filling in around pavers in a garden walkway or replacing the lawn.

  • Grows only 1-3 in. tall (2-7 cm) and spreads 16-20 in. (40-50 cm).
  • Silver carpet thrives in poor, rocky soil, drought and salt spray. Best in full sun in well-drained soils. This plant has deep, succulent roots and is drought tolerant. However, it grows faster with irrigation. During the first few years, water regularly to encourage a strong, full growth. Once established, it will need water during severe drought.
  • Great choice for rock gardens, ground cover. Lovely on a stone wall for a cascading effect or in containers. Deer resistant!

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 8 - 12
Climate Zones 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1" - 3"
(3cm - 8cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Pathways, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 8 - 12
Climate Zones 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1" - 3"
(3cm - 8cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 20" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Pathways, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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