It is not too often that one dares to bring a new ground cover into the garden. Ground covers are noted to be thugs – and let’s face it, that is their job. – to cover the ground and suppress weeds. This one has become popular in California as a lawn replacement. It grows just a couple of inches tall and is slow spreading.
The reason I bought this ground cover is because of the interesting way in which the leaves are green, but the underside of the leaves have hairs which give it a whitish effect. The leaves curl on the edges and thus show the undersides, especially when dry. It makes them look variegated or somewhat ghostly.
It is intended to go along with the brass buttons (Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’) and provide a contrast. My only concern is that is has small yellow daisy flowers in summer, and this is in the Tuxedo garden where only black and white are allowed. Maybe, an exception can be made – we do have a few others – Shhhhhhh.
Pronunciation: dy-MON-dee-uh mar-GAR-et-tay
Species Meaning: Named after Margaret Elizabeth Dryden-Dymond
Dymondia margaretae is native to South Africa.
Full sun to light shade in well-drained soil. Grows faster with irrigation but has deep succulent roots that make it very drought tolerant. Hardy to about 25-30 degrees F. It dislikes extreme heat, and that makes it a great choice for the coast.
3/12/21 – took three cuttings off it, trying to get a piece of the stolon and roots in each piece.
Dymondia margaretae is endemic to the Bredasdorp district of the Western Cape of South Africa.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21064
Found in Pots,
It is currently in the can yard, but will be going out as aground cover for the Tuxedo Lane pathway soon.
We acquired this plant from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.