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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Patricia A. Broecker April 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

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


admin May 13, 2013 at 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,


Joy Segars March 24, 2014 at 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 at 3:56 pm

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


Susan May 3, 2014 at 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 at 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 at 4:38 pm

Is it deer resistant?


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