Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.
Search native plant database:
Marcus, Joseph A.
Dichondra argentea Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.
Silver Ponyfoot, Silver ponysfoot
Synonyms: Dichondra evolvulacea var. argentea
USDA Symbol: DIAR2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Low-growing, herbaceous plant. The silver gray foliage has a metallic appearance in the sun and grows to about 3–4 inches tall.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Ovate Leaf Pubescence:
Puberulent Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , NM , TX Native Distribution:
West Texas to southeastern Arizona and Mexico Native Habitat: Herbaceous perennial
groundcover, 3 H. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Heat Tolerant:
well draining soil. Conditions Comments:
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.
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:
Recommended Species Lists
Find native plant species by state. Each list contains commercially available species suitable for gardens and planned landscapes. Once you have selected a collection, you can browse the collection or search within it using the combination search.
View Recommended Species page
Record Modified: 2007-08-09
Research By: TMH, GDG