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Silver Pony-foot

Silver Ponyfoot is a wonderful ground cover for drought tolerant landscaping.

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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Posted by Reed

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

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

    1. Patricia,
      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,

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

  5. Kristen Sheets July 25, 2013 at 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! 🙂

  6. Charles Van Tassel July 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Reed –
    How much water can Silver Pony Foot take?

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

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

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

  12. […] to its name, silver ponyfoot is a silvery plant that works well in warmer climates. With decent soil and good drainage, it grows […]

  13. 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…

  14. Is it deer resistant?