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Dichondra Emerald Falls (Dichondra repens)
• Emerald Falls (D. repens) variety has a slightly different, more rounded leaf shape than the Silver Falls (D. argenta) variety.
• Creates a denser and tighter plant than Silver Falls dichondra, without pinching or PGRs.
• Heat-tolerant plants branch heavily early to completely cover the pot before runners tangle.
• Excellent choice for mixed containers and hanging baskets; Emerald Falls plants grow fuller (wider) than Silver Falls dichondra but not as long – about 3 ft. (90 cm) long.
• 85% germination standard.
Approximate seed count: 6,070 S./oz. (214 S./g)
Use a well-drained, disease-free, soilless medium with a pH of 5.5 to 6.2 and a medium initial nutrient charge (EC 0.75 mmhos/cm with a 1:2 extraction).
Germination: 72 to 76°F (22 to 24°C)
Cotyledon stage: 65 to 72°F (18 to 22°C)
True leaves: 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C)
Hold plugs: 62 to 65°F (16 to 18°C)
Stage One: Not required.
Plug Production
Use a well-drained, disease-free, soilless medium with a pH of 5.5 to 6.3 and a medium initial nutrient charge (EC 0.75 mmhos/cm with a 1:2 extraction).
Cover the seed lightly with coarse vermiculite.
Germination: 72 to 76°F (22 to 24°C)
Cotyledon stage: 65 to 72°F (18 to 22°C)
True leaves: 65 to 70°F (18 to 21°C) Hold plugs: 62 to 65°F (16 to 18°C) Light
Stage one: Not required.
After germination: 1,000 to 2,500 f.c. (10,000 to
30,000 Lux).
Seedling maturity: Up to 5,000 f.c. (54,000 Lux) if temperature can be controlled.
Maintain 95% relative humidity until cotyledons emerge.
Soil Moisture
Keep soil moisture high until radicle emergence, then reduce moisture levels after the radicle penetrates the medium. Plug development is faster with drier plug culture. Do not allow the seedlings to wilt.
At radicle emergence, apply 50 to 75 ppm N from
15-0-15. As cotyledons expand, increase to 100 to 150 ppm N.
Growth Regulators
Spray B-Nine at 2,500 ppm one week before transplant to promote branches.
Growing On to Finish
Use a well-drained, disease-free, soilless medium with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5 and a medium initial nutrient charge.
Nights: 62 to 65°F (16° to 18°C) Days: 65 to 75°F (18° to 24°C)

Higher light levels result in foliage that is more silver in color and shorter internodes.
Silver Falls dichondra benefits from warm, dry growing conditions. Let crop dry out well in between irrigations.
Feed weekly with 200 ppm N in complete fertilizer.
Growth Regulators
For pot production, a tank mix of 5,000 ppm B-Nine and 1,000 ppm Cycocel one week after transplant can be used to increase branching, control stem length
and prevent plants from becoming tangled. This treatment also makes the foliage more silver.
Pinching is not needed
Crop Scheduling
Sow to transplant (288-cell plug tray): 6 to 7 weeks
Transplant to saleable 4-in. (10-cm) pot: 8 to 9 weeks
Container Size: 4-4.5-in. (10-11-cm) pot
Plants Per Pot/Basket: 1
Weeks From Transplant: 7 to 8
Container Size: 6-in. (15-cm) or gallon pot
Plants Per Pot/Basket: 3
Weeks From Transplant: 7 to 8
Container Size: 12-in. (30-cm) hanging basket
Plants Per Pot/Basket: 3
Weeks From Transplant: 8 to 9
Container Size: 12-in. (30-cm) hanging basket
Plants Per Pot/Basket: 4
Weeks From Transplant: 8 to 9
Container Size: 12-in. (30-cm) hanging basket
Plants Per Pot/Basket: 5
Weeks From Transplant: 7 to 8
Common Problems
Insects: No serious problems.
Diseases: No serious problems.
Green Thumb Tips
Plant in full sun to part shade. Use Silver Falls dichondra as a cascading plant in mixed containers or in hanging baskets. Requires well-drained soil if planted in the garden. Excellent as a cascading plant in raised beds and at the edge of rock walls.
“Information copied from the breeder.
Muller will not accept any liability for failure and/or damage as a consequence of incorrect and/or inexpert cultivation by or on behalf of the Buyer.”

Dichondra Plant Info: Tips For Growing Dichondra In The Lawn Or Garden

In some places dichondra, a low growing plant and member of the morning glory family, is seen as a weed. In other places, however, it is valued as an attractive ground cover or even a substitute for a small lawn area. Let’s find out more about how to grow dichondra ground cover.

Dichondra Plant Info

Dichondra (Dichondra repens) is a perennial ground cover plant (in USDA zones 7-11) that has a somewhat upright, creeping habit with circular leaves. It is not usually over 2 inches in height and retains its bright green color in temperatures as low as 25 F. (-3 C.). When this ground cover becomes full, it appears as a dense carpet-like grass and is often planted in places where other turf-type grass does not grow well.

Silver dichondra is a green-silver annual ground cover that is often used in hanging baskets and pots. The cascading habit also makes this attractive plant perfect for rock walls or window boxes. This low maintenance plant with fan-shaped foliage, does well in full sun, requires only minimal care and is drought resistant.

How to Grow Dichondra

Proper preparation of the seedbed is essential to growing dichondra plants. A weed-free raked area is best. Dichondra prefers loose, clod-free and well-drained soil in partial shade to full sun.

Seed should be lightly scattered over the loosened soil bed and watered until wet but not soggy. Depending on how sunny the planting area is, seeds may need to be watered a few times a day until they begin to sprout. Covering the seeds with a light layer of peat moss helps with moisture retention.

It is best to plant seed when the temperatures are in the 70’s (21 C.) during the day and the 50’s (10 C.) at night. This can be in either early spring or even early fall.

The growing dichondra seeds will sprout within 7 to 14 days depending on conditions.

Dichondra Care

Once plants are established, a deep and infrequent watering is necessary. It is best to allow the plants to dry out slightly between watering.

If using as a lawn alternative, the dichondra can be mowed to a suitable height. Most people find that mowing to around 1 ½ inches in the summer is best and requires cutting every two weeks.

Provide ½ to 1 pound of nitrogen per month during the growing season for a healthy cover.

Apply a pre-emergent weed control on the ground cover to keep weeds at bay. Never use an herbicide containing 2-4D on dichondra plants, as they will die. Remove broadleaf weeds by hand for best results.


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Advanced Seed Dichondra Repens


Advanced Seed Dichondra Repens has broad, circular leaves and is used in many situations where grasses may not do well eg. In shaded areas under trees.

It has a bright green colour and a cushion feel underfoot. It looks beautiful in landscaped areas where it does not need to be mown.


Dichondra is best suited to areas of little traffic as it has low wearability and is ideal for low maintenance areas or erosion control in some areas.

Seeding & Preparation:

Dichondra needs to be planted on a weed free prepared seedbed. The seedbed surface needs to be lightly raked with an even spread of seed. Weeds need to be eliminated from the beginning as removal is difficult once dichondra becomes established.

Dichondra needs well drained soils with deep waterings to fully prosper. Shallow watering may cause Dichondra to easily wilt if under stress.

Sowing Rates:

For optimum results a seeding rate of 1kg per 100m2 should be used.


A maintenance height of 15–40mm depending upon traffic.

Available in 500g tubs, 2 and 5kg bags.

Grass Type Characteristics:

  • Establishment Rate: Medium Growth in Establishment. Takes roughly 10-14 days to establish in ideal conditons.
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate to Good
  • Shade Tolerance: Excellent
  • Heat Tolerance: Moderate
  • Wear Tolerance: Poor

The Dichondra plant is primarily grown as ground cover. It’s a great choice for covering areas that are difficult to mow. It features bright, round leaves and prefers full sun.

The name is pronounced and it’s native to parts of Mexico and California. It’s also part of the Convolvulaceae family, which is also known as the morning glory family.

While ground cover plants are often easy to care for, some varieties of dichondra can present a challenge. Use these tips to keep your ground cover or basket healthy.

Size and Growth

This perennial ground cover is recommended for USDA hardiness zones 7 to 11. You can grow it outdoors in most parts of North America without issue.

As the plant grows, it creates a dense cover that is great for covering areas where other types of grass do not grow well.

It rarely grows above two inches and produces green, fan-shaped leaves.

There is also a variety called silver dichondra that produces silverfish-green foliage. This variety also goes by the common name “Silver Falls.”

Flowering and Fragrance

The plant does flower, but you may need a magnifying glass to see the blooms. It typically produces white, yellow, or green flowers that rarely measure more than two or three millimeters.

The flowers may bloom in the summer and last through the rest of the warmer months. When grown indoors, it’s less likely to bloom.

Light and Temperature

For best results outdoors, grow the plant in partial shade to full sun.

The ideal temperature is about 70° degrees Fahrenheit, which is perfect for indoor growth. If you plan to place it outdoors, consider the climate of the region to choose the right location.

In warmer regions, the plant may grow better in partial shade. In colder regions, give it more sunlight while avoiding direct sun in the afternoon.

Watering and Feeding

You should give the dichondra a thorough watering, ensuring that the ground is saturated. The foliage should be thoroughly covered in moisture.

NOTE: To avoid root rot, you should allow the ground to almost completely dry out between waterings.

Soil and Transplanting

Dichondra is a relatively easy plant to grow from seed. However, before you scatter the seeds, make sure that the area is free of weeds.

Weeds can easily overtake this plant, especially when growing from seed.

Rake the area and pull any weeds that you find. During the first year or two, you may need to take extra care to pull additional weeds that pop up. With each passing year, you should notice fewer weeds.

Lightly scatter the seeds over loose soil with good drainage. Add a shallow layer of peat moss over the seeds to help lock in moisture. Within one to two weeks, the seeds should sprout.

Grooming & Maintenance

This plant rarely reaches above two inches and slowly spreads outward across your lawn. If you want to manage the spread of the plant, you may need to occasionally trim back the stems or remove roots.

For hanging baskets or window boxes, regularly pinch out the growing shoots to encourage bushy growth.

Related Reading: Basket Grass makes a great hanging basket!

How to Propagate Dichondra

Propagating Dichondra repens isn’t an easy task. It’s typically easiest to just grow it fresh from seed packets.

You can attempt to collect seeds from the flowers if grown outdoors. Clip the flowers and place on a piece of paper towel and then store in a dark cupboard. Allow the flowers to completely dry and then shake the seeds loose.

You may also try to propagate by division or with stem cuttings. However, the stems are delicate while the plant has a deep root system.

Pests or Diseases Of Dichondra Plants

The ground cover provides a suitable environment for a specific pest. The Dichondra flea beetle is a common nuisance for these plants.

Luckily, the beetle rarely occurs in large enough numbers for you need to use any specific treatment. The beetles typically die off or move on. However, if you start to notice that the foliage is wilting and dying, you may need to use an insecticide.

Weeds are also an occasional problem for this plant. The most common cause of uncontrollable weed growth is overwatering. Remember to allow the soil to almost completely dry out between watering.

If you grow the plant indoors, the beetles and the weeds shouldn’t pose a threat to the health of your plant.

Dichondra is also considered an invasive species in some areas of the Southwest in North America. For example, in areas of Texas, dichondra is listed as an invasive species and is treated as a weed.

Suggested Dichondra Uses

The most common use for the dichondra is ground cover. It features creeping stems that easily take root. It also adds a splash of color when the little flowers bloom.

While it’s mostly used for ground cover, it’s also occasionally grown in pots or hanging baskets (Sea World). The cascading effect helps add more dimension to a window box or rock wall.

You can place it in a pot or hanging basket and allow the stems to flow over the sides.



The green or silver variety of dichondra is a great accent in a garden. Its fast growing habit makes it valuable as a groundcover or spiller down a wall or container.

genus name
  • Dichondra
  • Part Sun,
  • Sun
plant type
  • Annual,
  • Perennial
  • Under 6 inches
  • 3 to 6 feet wide
foliage color
  • Blue/Green,
  • Gray/Silver
problem solvers
  • Deer Resistant,
  • Groundcover,
  • Drought Tolerant
special features
  • Low Maintenance,
  • Good for Containers
  • 10,
  • 11
  • Seed,
  • Stem Cuttings

Garden Plans For Dichondra

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What Color is Dichondra?

Sometimes gardens or containers need a neutral accent plant to provide visual relief. Dichondra is that plant. The lovely silver or pale green foliage creates a dense mat of leaves that soften any area. Silver falls literally softens areas with its soft-to-the-touch fine silver hairs on the leaves.

Growing Dichondra In Your Garden

Dichondra grows best in full sun. In partial shade, the silver varieties tend to stay greener and have a looser habit. Green types tend to have a dense growth habit, so you generally won’t notice much of a difference in full or part sun. Both kinds need the soil to dry out between waterings so they don’t rot. They also benefit from a regular fertilizing.

These beautiful trailers are easy to start from seed. Seedlings should emerge within a week. As silver varieties send out runners, you might have to pinch them to encourage branching. Green types don’t require pinching.

Non-native species, especially the green varieties, can become aggressive and slightly invasive.

Dichondra Lawn

Due to its quick spreading habit, dichondra works as a no-mow lawn substitute in spots that don’t get much foot traffic. It forms extremely dense mats of foliage that prevent weed growth and cover spots much quicker than grass.

More Varieties of Dichondra

Dichondra repens

Dichondra repens creates dense mats of color that work great as a backdrop for other plants. Zones 10-11

‘Silver Falls’ dichondra

Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ has beautiful silver foliage with a cascading habit makes a spectacular accent plant. Zones 10-11

Plant Dichondra With:

Spice up your garden with ornamental peppers. Similar to edible peppers, ornamental peppers produce colorful little round or pointed fruits. Although edible, ornamental peppers lack flavor compared to peppers grown for the table. Depending on the variety, they set white, purple, red, orange, and yellow fruits—often multiple colors on the same plant. They like rich, well-drained soil that is evenly moist. Shown: Calico pepper

Whether you have sun or shade, drought or rain, there’s an annual salvia you’ll find indispensable. All attract hummingbirds and are great picks for hot, dry sites where you want tons of color all season. Most salvias don’t like cool weather, so plant them outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.

Dichondra Control: How To Get Rid of Dichondra

Dichondra is a broadleaf perennial which spreads via creeping stems that root at the nodes. It forms mats between 1½ to 3 inches tall. Dichondra is normally kidney-shaped to nearly circular leaves which grow alternate to each other, sometimes appearing whorled on the stems. They contain white to greenish small flowers which are borne in clusters in the leaf axils below the level of the leaf.

Dichondra is cultivated as a ground cover in some states and also is seen as a desirable or decorative type of grass in some areas of the US. However, for most homeowners, dichondra’s tendency to spread and smother other plants in lawns and gardens is unwanted.

If you have been frustrated with the sight of dichondra on your lawn, our DIY treatment guide can help. The guide below was compiled by our lawn care experts and will show you how to properly kill dichondra and remove it from your lawn for good.


Dichondra can often be mistaken to be dollarweed because of their similar appearance. The round leaves grow parallel to the soil and are seen growing in groups much like dollarweed. Dichondra, though, is smaller and prefers shady moist areas of the lawn. On the other hand, dollarweed can tolerate a wide variety of soils, temperatures and water conditions and will populate the entire lawn. Dichondra is usually isolated to a few small preferred spots in the lawn where it is thin and not well maintained.

The seed heads can easily be blown off the stem via a gust of wind, or famously by taking a plant and blowing it. Wherever these seeds lie will result in a new dandelion growth. Aside from the flower head, the dandelion plant starts out as a rosette with large green irregular shaped leaves which are smooth and point towards the center where the dandelion flower emerges.

Use the description above and the images to help you to properly identify dichondra and differentiate it from other weeds. If you are having trouble, contact us with an image of the plant you are encountering and we will help you correctly ID the plant as well as offer treatment suggestions.


Where to Inspect

Dichondra thrives on lawns and comes up in little bunches and can spread via tubers and can easily start popping up everywhere and invade and take over a whole yard. Dichondra tends to thrive in lawns that have potty turf or are weak or thinning in certain areas. Hence, the presence of dichondra may be a sign you are not giving your lawn enough TLC.

What to Look For

It’s distinguishing traits are the kidney-shaped to nearly circular leaves which grow opposite each other, sometimes appearing whorled on the stems. The white to greenish small flowers develop in clusters in the leaf axils below the level of the leaf.


When applying herbicides be sure to wear protective clothing or safety equipment that completely covers your arms and legs, as well as gloves, socks, and shoes. Avoid inhaling the spray or getting it in your eyes or mouth. To get rid of dichondra is appearing on your lawn, it is best to use a quality herbicide in the late spring when the weeds are younger and smaller. Herbicides are less effective the older and more mature the weed gets.

Our top recommendation is any product that is a three-way herbicide containing dicamba like 2 4-D Amine. This product should be applied at a reduced rate to lessen the chances of damaging your desired grass.

Step 1: Mix and Apply 2,4-D Amine

Measure the square footage of the treatment area to determine how much 2,4-D you will need. 2,4-D Amine should be mixed with a gallon of water at the rate of 0.75 to 1 fl. oz. (1-1/2 to 2 Tablespoons) per 1,000 square feet. Mixing 2 4-D with a surfactant like Alligare 90 will help the product to stick better to the weed and make the herbicide work more effectively.

For example, if you have a 2,000 sq. ft. area to treat, you will need to mix 1.5 to 2 fl. oz. in 2 gallons of water. Once you have made your measurements and calculated how much 2,4-D you need, mix the product and surfactant with the appropriate amount water in a handheld or backpack sprayer. Shake the sprayer to ensure the solution is well-mixed and then you’re ready to spray.

When applying, change the nozzle setting to a fan nozzle so it will spray a fine mist on the dichondra and get an even coating on the weed.

Step 2: Reapply As Needed

If a second application is needed, apply the herbicide in spot treatments. Repeated applications of a three-way herbicide should be spaced according to label directions (normally every 7 to 10 days). Be careful applying in the heat and just spot treat the area so you don’t burn your grass.


Dichondra thrives in thinning turf that isn’t getting sufficient nutrition. The best defense against dichondra making a comeback is promoting a thick lawn that is well fertilized and maintained and moisture issues are addressed. Implement proper cultural lawn care maintenance practices such as infrequent watering, mowing high and fertilizing will go a long way and keeping your lawn strong enough to withstand dichondra and other invasive weeds during the growing season.

Key Takeaways

  • Dichondra is a plant that has kidney-shaped leaves and can grow and cover a large area in very little time if there is no intervention to stop it.
  • Our top recommendation for treating dichondra is the use of a three-way herbicide with dicamba such as 2 4-D Amine. This product is non-selective and will not harm desired grasses, just the dichondra.
  • By maintaining a regular lawn care schedule and promoting a lush green nutrient-rich turf, dichondra will have a hard time re-emerging on your lawn.

In lawns

  • Apply a selective herbicide such as LawnPro Turfclean, LawnPro Turfclean & Green or All-in-1.
  • For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing.
  • The addition of Dye & Stick will improve effectiveness of sprays and reduce waste.

In garden beds

  • Use Weed Weapon Extra Strength or Rapid Action to kill off the top growth. It controls clover within 7-10 days and is an ideal product for use around established trees and shrubs. It is inactive in the soil so planting can be safely carried out soon after treatment.
  • If you wish to more effectively prevent regrowth, apply Weed Weapon Preventer granules. This is a selective pre-emergent herbicide which penetrates deep into the soil so do not plant seeds or sensitive plants into treated soil within 3 months of application.
  • For a fast acting organic solution use Kiwicare Weed Weapon Natural Power.
  • For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing.

In Paths and Driveways

  • For long term control on paths and driveways use Kiwicare Weed Weapon Long Term. This will kill a wide range of weeds and prevent regrowth for up to 12 months.
  • For a fast acting organic solution use Kiwicare Weed Weapon Natural Power.
  • For best results apply spray in Spring and Autumn when weeds are growing.

Help killing this type of weed?

Hi peheben,

This is Ricks Picks. Welcome to The Home Depot Community and thank you for your question. I work in the Garden Department for The Home Depot. Thank you also for the great picture. It looks like your “weed” is actually a dichondra, which is actually a decorative type of grass, unless it is in the “wrong” place, and then it is a weed! Check with your local Home Depot for a lawn weed killing product such as Ortho, Bayer or Spectricide. Since Dichondra is a broad leaf type of grass, any of the weed killing products that The Home Depot carries such as Ortho, Spectricide or Bayer, to name a few, will be effective in removing the nuisance Dichondra.

The Dichondra will spread thru seeds that a mature Dichondra grass can produce. Your neighbor or the house uphill from them may have the decorative Dichondra somewhere on their property. Since the seed was deposited through the flowing water, this is probably how it ended up in your yard. It seems that the “Scotts Halts” should have prevented that from occurring but, with all the rain your area has had, it may have been washed away. Using one of these products, Bayer, Ortho or Spectride should take care of the nuisance grass.

Thank you again for your question. We are all here to help you. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance to you.

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