With emerald green to grayish green leaves that look like tiny waterlily pads, Asian ponysfoot is a low spreading groundcover once heavily used as a substitute for turfgrass in warm climates. An herbaceous tender perennial from eastern Asia, it sprawls outward and sends out roots from the horizontal stems as it creeps.
The small leaves are lush green to slightly grayish green are are shaped like a kidney or more rounded and like a waterlily leaf. In summer and fall, tiny flowers appear, ranging in color from white to yellowish green. The orange-brown stems root across the soil and will spread indefinitely and tiny seeds will sprout to thicken the foliage mat.
Grow Asian ponysfoot in full sun to partial shade exposures in a slightly acidic, moist but well-draining soil. Soils should be a average fertility and in hotter climates ample moisture is needed particularly in summer. If grown in too much shade the plant height increases, often lending itself to trimming or mowing. It is not overly tolerant of foot traffic, which must definitely be avoided if frost is on the foliage (which will blacken later if walked upon). Use it as an attractive groundcover around stepping stones or in areas where turfgrass is too high maintenance or tricky to establish. (info source: learn2grow.com)
Genus - Dichondra
Species - Micrantha
Common name - Asian Ponysfoot
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 9 - 11
Height - 1"-5" / 2.5cm - 12.7cm
Spread - 8'-20' / 2.4m - 6.1m
Plant type - Groundcover
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Groundcover, Lawns and Turf
Germination rate - 90%
Bloom season - Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Gray Green / Yellow green
|Germination||Dichondra seeds need warm soil in order to germinate and sprout. |
Wait to sow them until the temperature is at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.
Sow the seeds on the moist surface.
Rake to cover the seeds lightly. Add a shallow covering of peat moss in order to hold the moisture in the soil.
Use a fine mist and water the newly planted seeds. Moisten the soil, but do not soak. Mist the soil three to five times a day while the seeds are germinating. If the seeds dry out, they die.
They should sprout with in 7 to 10 days. After most of the seedlings are up, start increasing the water but decreasing the frequency that it's added.