Dichondra Species, Kidneyweed, Silver Pony's Foot

Dichondra argentea

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dichondra (dy-KON-druh) (Info)
Species: argentea (ar-JEN-tee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Dichondra evolvulacea var. argentea




Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 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


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Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

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:

Hayward, California

Paradise, California

Stockton, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Boerne, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 2, 2013, magicjackatx from San Leanna, TX wrote:

Just recently learned the name of this plant growing at the front steps. We love this as a ground cover for it's hardiness and low maintenance. It is not in shaded area and even exposed to hard sunlight for much of the day.
It is also a lovely color of reflective green with silver highlights to delight the eye. It may require some weeding out as a ground cover from time to time. Because it was planted near the driveway it gets stepped on at times but recovers fine.
We plan to spread it around in the future. Location south Austin, Texas.


On Aug 6, 2013, AlanaK from Burlington,
Canada wrote:

I have seen Silver Ponyfoot here in Canada at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlingtlon, Ontario. It was growing in full sun, as a ground cover. We are zone 6b here.


On Nov 23, 2009, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

I think the Zone number should be changed to Zone 8. I have had no trouble with it coming back from it's roots every year. I love it. I make strange cubes and forms in the garden. It is very fun to play with in modern form building ways. It also looks great in the rock garden but I am a little wary of it touching my cactus. since I am on the rotting side of growing cactus. Once it gets established it goes to town. It drapes out of a pot and spills over the balcony and drips 8 feet . It sailed through 100 days of above 100 and very little rain. It likes my very alkaline dirt. Can't ask for more.


On Aug 2, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Silver pony-foot (Dichondra argentea) is also known as silver nickel vine and aluminum vine. It is a native plant that inhabits West Texas to southeastern Arizona and the Mexican states of Durango and Michoacan. In Mexico, its preferred habitat is on igneous substrates. It prefers alkaline to neutral pH soils, but is adaptable.

It is the only desert-adapted Dichondra, but does best as a cultivated plant with occasional irrigation especially during periods of drought. It requires well-drained soil if planted in the ground as a groundcover and is deer resistant in areas that are not overpopulated with deer. Silver pony-foot thrives in full sun to light shade and is winter hardy to 20-25 F.

Silver pony-foot is a herbaceous, perennial, semi to fully deciduous i... read more


On Jan 24, 2005, Herbynoel from Brisbane,
Australia wrote:

One of the best plants to use to cover an unsightly retainig wall .It will cascade down and over giving the illusion of a waterfall. ( a water feature without the water)
Can also be used around water features to spill through rock work.
Highly visual to use in decorative pots or hanging baskets with other more bolder style plants such as Agavae, Rhoeo (Tradescantea spathecea) Succulents, and ornamental Grasses.
Requires some initial watering for best results.