Dichondra, Kidneyweed 'Silver Falls'

Dichondra argentea

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dichondra (dy-KON-druh) (Info)
Species: argentea (ar-JEN-tee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Silver Falls
Synonym:Dichondra repens




Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:

Pale Green


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By simple layering

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Grand Bay, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Irvington, Alabama

Phenix City, Alabama

Queen Creek, Arizona

Ben Lomond, California

Carlsbad, California

Davis, California

El Cajon, California

Lakewood, California

Long Beach, California

Murrieta, California

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

Valencia, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Boca Raton, Florida

Brandon, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Homosassa, Florida

North Miami Beach, Florida

Oviedo, Florida

Palm Beach, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida(2 reports)

Zephyrhills, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Woodstock, Georgia

Macy, Indiana

Vincennes, Indiana

Ottumwa, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Raceland, Louisiana

Brandon, Mississippi

Cleveland, Mississippi

Kansas City, Missouri

Averill Park, New York

Lockwood, New York

Brevard, North Carolina

Edmond, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Anderson, South Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Austin, Texas(3 reports)

Center, Texas

Dallas, Texas

De Leon, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Katy, Texas

Mansfield, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Temple, Texas

The Colony, Texas

Wichita Falls, Texas

Fairfax, Virginia

Fox Island, Washington

Spangle, Washington

Liberty, West Virginia

Abbotsford, Wisconsin

Appleton, Wisconsin

Muscoda, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2018, Anton15 from Hong Kong,
Hong Kong wrote:

Im in Hong Kong so think Southern Florida, with yes, even more rain in the wet season.

I always loved this plant but thought with it's silvery leaves it wouldn't like our heat and humidity, even I hate it. Anyway as it's always almost impossible to resist, think there are only one or two other plants with quite the same level of exquisite metallic reflective sheen as "silver falls" I didn't resist and bought two little pots. They looked a bit sad. Even though it had spread quite well about as large as an out stretched hand the leaves were curled up and shrivelled and the growth tips had dried and died. It was bone dry. I thought I had bought duds but it's a rarity here so.

I planted them in the full sun as ground cover for a large pot and watered. I swear t... read more


On Apr 7, 2017, GrowInFlorida from North Miami Beach, FL wrote:

I wouldn't say this plant is drought tolerant as its stems and leaves are very very thin and juicy and shrivel every time i forget to water. I had my suspicions already in the nursery where one whole tray of these beautiful dichondras was shriveled beyond resuscitation. I still tried to add it to my vertical garden, to the very bottom compartment because I thought it wouldn't need as much water as the top jungle plants... It looked gorgeous cascading down the wall but I had to repot it since it was constantly shriveling and losing leaves during hot dry winter. it does great as ground cover in shade for me, looks beautiful and subtle. I'm waiting for the rains to see its true full potential.


On Jun 24, 2013, ransom3 from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

I grew this plant from seed. What an interesting experience. In truth, it is actually a primitive morning glory. My seedlings grew so very slowly at first, then accelerated, producing its beautiful, dramatic creeping vines. It is a perennial in hot steamy Florida, but I advise moving it into light shade in early June. I put it back in the sun come early October.


On Apr 13, 2013, pianoms from Oak Ridge, TN wrote:

I really don't know yet.


On Aug 26, 2012, DLundy from Parkdale, MO wrote:

I'm a fairly novice gardener in the Kansas City area, but love tinkering with new plants I see at the nurseries in the spring. I found the Dichondra while looking for ground cover for a particularly troublesome patch of garden at my new house (very rocky, poor soil, intermittent sun, etc.). I had no expectations, really, just experimenting and hoping. Well, it worked out well beyond my hopes. This plant has thrived, spreading over a large area (even though it never made blooms of any sort) in a graceful, gorgeous way. It wound around neighboring plants I had in the ground about 2-3 feet from it (Supertunias, Dianthus, Dusty Miller, Portulaca, etc.) without disturbing anything, and this one red-leafed plant I bought (can't remember the name) inadvertently became quite the centerpiece, ... read more


On Jun 26, 2012, JohnnyK from Lockwood, NY wrote:

I LOVE THIS PLANT!!! I first got it last summer (Zone 5 Elmira, NY area) and put it in a 3' tall "vase" ... urn? ... in the middle of my terrace and it looked like a new water feature. I now have the same set up with a hanging basket behind the urn so it looks like the plant is "pouring" into this tall urn and then overflowing down the sides. Next year I'm going to go crazy witht his stuff!!!


On Aug 10, 2010, cecille from Abbotsford, WI wrote:

Bought this gorgeous plant as a little bitty cutting, its oudoors in a hanging basket and now around 4ft long. Does anyone know if this plant will survive indoors in a sunroom during winter with flueresant (cant spell) lights, also have indoor pond which creates some moisture. Just hate the thought of losing this plant and starting over.


On May 9, 2010, riddler from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I grew my Dichondra 'Silver Falls' from seed and at first it was a slow grower. Then suddenly it just took off in its pot and now has strands that are two or three feet long. I keep it on the south side of my house where it gets a few hours of sun each day. I don't think it requires much care, but it's hard to tell because I have other needier plants surrounding the Dichondra, and when those plants look thirsty I water them all. Next I'll try planting it as a ground cover in a shady area of my yard and see what happens.


On Oct 12, 2009, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

I use it in the ground as a ground cover around my green goblet agaves and it spills over a rock wall very nicely. It gets full sun in a sandy mix of amended limestone soil. It got NO watering during a period of 69 days of above 100 , mostly no rain and it did fine. When the rain hit it just went bonkers and so did I.


On Jul 29, 2008, SCNewbie from Anderson, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I absolutely love this plant! I've grown it in containers for the last couple of years and although it can be slow to start, it gets going really well with the heat of summer. By summer's end it'll be nearly 6 ft long. I love running my fingers thru the strands - it's soft & feels almost like hair.


On Jul 29, 2008, staceysmom from (GayLynn) Appleton, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love adding this plant to my hanging baskets. It drapes over the sides so nicely and adds a nice flowing soft touch. I have grown it in full shade and in full sun. Where ever it touches the soil it will root. Very easy to grow.


On Sep 28, 2006, stephanotis from Queen Creek, AZ (Zone 8b) wrote:

Have never had any luck with this plant in containers in Phoenix, AZ area, but it grows nearly out of control when it's in the ground. Have never had an issue with it burning up in the heat or with freezing in cold temps. It is, however, yummy to the gophers, and they will pull it all the way underground if they are running underneath. I use it as a ground cover to shade roots of tender shrubs & vines (like clematis), and also to cover rocky mounds. I love this stuff, and only wish I could figure out how to get it to grow successfully in a pot. I don't know if I'm over or underwatering, or if the roots are just cooking from the heat.


On Jun 15, 2006, Pashta from Moncks Corner, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought 2 plants when they were very small, and once outside in a larger hanging pot they grew very quickly. The trails of silver leaves are now about 3 feet long, and just stunning.


On May 22, 2005, joshz8a from z8a, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Absolutely smashing silver plant grown in hanging basket or from pot on pedestal. Ordered first in 2004, took our humid hot summer with ease. and grew inside over winter fairly easily in sunny west window letting it dry some between watering.

No disease or pests noted. Just a winner. Silver Falls...it is well named! joshz8a


On Dec 7, 2004, TREEHUGR from Now in Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Not the easiest material to find but it's also an alternative to grass so long as you don't need to walk or drive on it.


On Aug 18, 2004, indianajoans from Vincennes, IN wrote:

I purchased two 4" pots of, what I now know is Dichondra, (Silver Falls) at a fruit market in mid-July. The pots were full of 3 ft. long vines that were,covered by tiny, soft, gray-green leaves shaped like those of a Ginko tree. I had never seen this plant before. (I suspect the plants had been rescued from a hanging planter when the other flowers were spent and discarded.)
At the time, I was looking for something to disguise a couple of 20" tall white PVC pipes, that were sticking straight up (as part of a sprinkling system) in in the middle my sunny, flower garden.
I stuck a green wire "beverage holder" into the ground to hold the pots next to sprinkler heads. Then I spread out the Dichondra vines and lightly wrapped them, all together, round and round the pipes, all the... read more


On Oct 28, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

In its native form, it is known as "Silver Ponyfoot" in my neck of the woods. Its native relative occurs in Mexico and Texas. 'Silver Falls' dichondra is a cultivar that is a vine-like, trailing, perennial herb that forms low mats like its native relative. It bears 3/4 to 1-inch long and wide velvety-soft, silver coin-like leaves that are on stems that look like on white thread. The leaf color is a pure silver-white which distinguishes it from the native variety. It can spread or cascade to 6 feet and is about 3 inches tall. 'Silver Falls' is heat tolerant and although it does better with medium moisture, it is drought-tolerant and recovers quickly even if wilted. It requires well-drained soil.

It produces small, almost insignificant creamish-white blooms from May through A... read more