Dichondra argentea, Silver Pony-foot, Silver Dichondra, Kidneyweed

Silver Pony-foot

Dichondra argentea

Common Names: Silver Dichondra, Kidneyweed

Light: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height: 1″-5″

Spacing/Spread: 2′ – 5′

Evergreen: Yes.

Color: Silver/Gray Foliage.

Interest: Year around foliage interest.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: Yes, plant is Texas native.


Wildlife habitat: Provides food/shelter for bees, butterflies and birds.

Features: An outstanding Texas native evergreen groundcover. Drought tolerant. Full sun/part shade.

Austin Native Landscaping: “Silver Ponyfoot is a wonderful ground cover for drought tolerant landscaping. This attractive Texas native plant is an evergreen, disease and pest resistant and will thrive in both full sun and part shade. We rely on silver ponyfoot in many of our xeriscape flowerbed designs. Sprinkle it in the front of your waterwise landscape and between other plants. With time it will form a thick silvery mat that will beautifully complement other elements of your choice. Works beautiful in pots, where the plant gracefully spills over.”



Family: Convolvulaceae (Pronounced – kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee)

Genus: Dichondra (Pronounced – dy-KON-druh)

Species: Argentea (Pronounced – ar-JEN-tee-uh)

Propagation: Stem cuttings, rootball division, layering.



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27 comments… add one
  • Patricia A. Broecker

    April 25, 2013, 4:09 pm

    Where can I purchase this plant around Georgetown area. Thank you.

    • admin

      May 13, 2013, 8:13 am

      Silver Ponyfoot is becoming extremely popular in the Central Texas area.

      Retail nursery that will likely carry this plant is McIntire’s Garden Center, located at 303 Leander Rd. Call them at : (512) 863-8243.

      Thanks and good luck,

  • Terry Ramos

    May 29, 2013, 8:33 pm

    Please tell me where I can buy silver ponyfoot plants near Beaumont Texas. Thank you.

  • Kristen Sheets

    July 25, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Does silver pony foot stay low to the ground? Now that our HOA can’t insist on grass, I’m looking for something that grows like clover to cover our yard. Thank you so much for your help! 🙂

    • Reed

      April 11, 2016, 5:28 pm

      Silver Ponyfoot hugs the ground and stays very close to it. Great ground cover all and all.

      Thanks and good luck!

  • Charles Van Tassel

    July 30, 2013, 11:46 am

    Reed –
    How much water can Silver Pony Foot take?

  • shana mcgee

    September 11, 2013, 6:41 am

    Is this the same ground cover (pony foot) that is growing in my yard and flower beds. It is not an evergreen but looks just like the picture u have beside the information above. I’m unable to keep it at bay. Every joint on the plant forms roots. Its green not silvery. Should I keep it or keep pulling it out? Please help.

    • Quinn Peterson

      May 26, 2015, 9:44 pm

      It is possible that it is a closely related plant. If it bothers you it is a weed and you should get rid of it. If you like it just leave it in place.

      If it does not interfere with your flower bed plants, then it should serve as a good weed suppressant and would be worth keeping around

  • Karen Beard

    September 29, 2013, 8:03 am

    I have a meditation garden with a stepping stone labyrinth in Round Rock Texas. I’m looking for a ground cover plant that can be placed around the stones, replacing grass, with limited foot traffic. I saw this plant, silver ponyfoot, and shaggy portulaca (also called moss rose) at the Wildflower center yesterday. My luck with finding a ground cover that will grow and spread has been dismal.

    What can you recommend?
    Thank you for your website. I just found it when I googled this plant.

    Karen Beard, Executive Director
    Morning Mist Retreats

    • Quinn Peterson

      May 26, 2015, 9:49 pm

      How many hours of sun do you estimate for the location? also how is the drainage?

      If in a shadier spot, horseherb is something to think about. However, Portulaca is considered an annual here.

      I have horseherb in my backyard in N Austin from before I moved in, it is great for a shadier area. My front yard will soon be silver ponyfoot instead of grass.

  • Joy Segars

    March 24, 2014, 10:13 am

    Would dichondra thrive in a mostly shaded area of our lower backyard? It has very minimal dappled sunlight through fairly dense trees and shrubs and very little foot traffic. (We’d rather not trim the trees.) If so, where can I purchase it near Westlake Hills? Does it need less water than Amerishade? Also, which, if any, buffalo grass would survive in almost full shade in Westlake Hills? Thank you so much! Joy

  • Krista

    March 27, 2014, 3:56 pm

    Could You please tell me where I might purchase this in Houston?
    Thanks so much,

  • Susan

    May 3, 2014, 8:01 pm

    I found the Silver Ponytail at the Hill Country Water Gardens in Cedar Park, Tx.
    I love it!

  • Carrie Wehmeyer

    June 5, 2014, 10:26 am

    I just purchased quarts of dichondra argentea at Home Depot in New Braunfels. I was surprised to find it there…

  • rusty

    July 26, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Is it deer resistant?

    • Joguita

      April 9, 2016, 9:13 am

      Not deer resistant. My plants get a haircut pretty often and I loose some of them at times.

  • Quinn Peterson

    May 26, 2015, 9:37 pm

    Howdy, this is Quinn from It’s About Thyme; we have silver ponyfoot regularly.


  • Nicole

    June 19, 2016, 11:05 am

    Can you plant pony foot in June and July or is it better to wait until spring? Thanks!

  • Crystal Fisher

    June 22, 2016, 10:59 am

    How much traffic can Silver Ponyfoot take? Would dogs running across it tear it up?

    Thanks for any feedback you can offer.

  • Rachel

    September 7, 2016, 1:02 pm

    I wanted to plant this in my front garden because I am tired of pulling grass out of it. After I pull up as much as I can, will this “choke” out the grass and weeds and keep them from growing back? Thanks!

  • David

    March 31, 2017, 12:37 pm

    My wife and I were lucky enough to have had silver pony-foot sprout on its own in front, back, and both sides of our yard here in Pottsboro, TX. It’s surprising resistant to traffic and even looks good directly after mowing and trimming it with a string trimmer. A dog running through it a lot may leave marks though. In our yard, it stays about 2″ high so I’m having to do less and less mowing. Yay!


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