Silver carpet dymondia margaretae

Planting Dymondia – Learn About Dymondia Silver Carpet Plants

Dymondia silver carpet (Dymondia margaretae) is a delightfully dense, drought tolerant, 1-2” high, spreading ground cover perfect for most sunny water-wise gardens. If you’re looking for something attractive in your landscape, you may want to consider growing this plant. Read on to learn more and take advantage of this versatile ground cover.

About Dymondia Silver Carpet

Dymondia has grey green leaves with fuzzy white undersides that curl up on the edges. The overall effect of dymondia ground cover is variegated when close up or soft grey-green from a distance.

Dymondia is slow growing but will spread a bit faster with regular irrigation. It will crowd

out most weeds over time. In summertime, its yellow daisy flowers brighten up the landscape.

Dymondia silver carpet withstands a little foot traffic and is deer resistant. It is perfect between stepping stones and in rock gardens. Some people have even been known to use the plant as a lawn substitute. It also performs well on the coast.

How to Plant Dymondia Ground Cover

Planting dymondia in boggy, poor draining soil is a bad idea. Dymondia ground cover is also susceptible to gophers. Use gopher baskets and improve your soil drainage with compost or pumice before you install dymondia.

Proper care of dymondia is easy.

  • Water it regularly the first year. Don’t over water in subsequent years.
  • Deadhead the flowers after they have faded.
  • Protect dymondia from frost.

That’s all. It’s that easy!

Is Dymondia Invasive?

Some people may wonder, “Is dymondia invasive?” No, it is not. Dymondia silver carpet is a charming, well-behaved ground cover with attractive silver foliage, happy yellow flowers and a weed-suppressing growth habit.

Have fun growing this little gem in your garden!

Chinese silver grass

Size and Form

This grass can grow up to 8 feet tall in flower, but the size will vary by cultivar. It has an upright to arching habit. It is a warm season, clumping grass.

Plant Care

Best growth is in moist soils and full sun. Some cultivars vary in the among of soil moisture they need. Some are more tolerant of dry soils while some are more tolerant of wet soils.

This is a warm season grass, so its most active growth occurs in summer. It will remain standing in winter and can act as winter interest.
Since this grass remains attractive through winter, it should not be cut back until early spring, before new growth begins. At that time, it can be cut down to the ground.

Disease, pests, and problems

Miscanthus mealybug (insect) and rust (fungal disease) are possible problems.
The grass can go to seed and spread into natural areas. In some areas, it is considered invasive.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to Japan, China and Korea.

Leaf description

The leaves are up to 1 inch wide and up to 3 feet long. They are medium green with a very distinct white midvein (many cultivars have striped or banded foliage.) Autumn color depends on the cultivar.

Flower description

Flowering time is mid-summer into early autumn (usually July to September) and varies from cultivar to cultivar. The tiny flowers are held in tassel-like clusters that are held above the foliage. The clusters vary in color, depending on cultivar.

Fruit description

The small fruit (caryopsis or grains) form along the tassel-like structures that held the flowers. The fruiting structure takes on a silvery color and a fluffy appearance for winter.

Cultivars and their differences

Adagio silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’): A compact cultivar growing 4 feet tall (5 feet in flower); flowers are rosy pink; leaves have some burgundy color in fall; hardy to zone 5.

Autumn Light silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Autumn Light’): Grows to 7 feet tall (8 feet in flower); reddish pink flowers in late summer; hardy to zone 5.

Blondo silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Blondo’): Grows to 6 feet; yellowing flowers mature to silvery white; coarse foliage; hardy to zone 4.

Bluetenwunder (Wonder Blooms) silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Bluetenwunder’): Grows 5 to 6 feet tall; a heavy bloomer with pinkish white flowers; golden brown fall color; drought tolerant; hardy to zone 5.

Dixieland silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland’): A compact cultivar growing 4 to 5 feet tall; pinkish flowers; green and white variegated foliage; hardy to zone 4.

Dwarf maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yaku Jima’): A dwarf cultivar that grows 3 to 4 feet tall; tan flowers with a red tinge emerge in late summer; hardy to zone 5.

Flame grass (sold as Miscanthus sinensis ‘Purpurescens’, but now classified as Miscanthus ‘Purpurescens’): Grows 4 to 5 feet tall; flowers tinged with red emerge in late summer; foliage turns orange red in fall and then changes to a darker red for winter, serving as a backdrop for the cream-colored seed heads; hardy to zone 4.

Gold Bar silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gold Bar’): A compact cultivar growing 4 to 5 feet tall; burgundy flowers appear late (in autumn); green foliage with horizontal gold banding; hardy to zone 5.

Gold und Silber (Gold and Silver) silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gold und Silber’): A more narrow form, growing 5 to 6 feet tall; gold flowers appear late (autumn) and mature to silver; hardy to zone 5.

Gracillimus maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’): A fine textured cultivar with thin leaves; grows 5 to 6 feet tall; deep pink to copper flowers in late summer; yellow fall color; drought tolerant; hardy to zone 5.

Graziella silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Graziella’): A fine textetured cultivar with thin leaves; grows 4 to 5 feet tall (6 feet tall in flower); silvery white flowers in mid-summer; coppery red fall foliage color; hardy to zone 5.

Little Kitten dwarf silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Little Kitten’): A dwarf cultivar, growing 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall (3 feet tall in flower); arching, mounded form; silvery white flowers with a hint of pink; fall foliage color is golden; hardy to zone 5.

Little Zebra silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Little Zebra’): A dwarf cultivar, growing 3 feet tall (4 feet in flower); reddish-purple flowers in early autumn; green foliage with horizontal gold banding; hardy to zone 4.

Malepartus silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’): Grows 5 feet tall (7 feet in flower); flowers in midsummer and flowers start out pink, then change to red and then silver as they mature; fall foliage color is bronze; drought tolerant; hardy to zone 5.

Morning Light silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’): A fine textured cultivar with thin, silver-variegated foliage; grows 5 to 6 feet tall; bronzy flowers appear in mid-fall; hardy to zone 5.

Nippon silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Nippon’): Grows 4 to 5 feet tall; flowers in midsummer, with the flowers starting out pink and then changing to red, and finally white at maturity; fall foliage color is reddish-bronze; hardy to zone 5.

Porcupine grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’): Grows 5 to 7 feet tall (up to 8 feet in flower); coppery flowers produced in early fall; green leaves with gold banding; overall form is more stiff and upright; hardy to zone 5.

Rotsilber (Red-silver) maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Rotsilber’): Grows 4 to 6 feet tall (7 feet in flower); flowers emerge pink-red and mature to silver; fall foliage color is orange-red; hardy to zone 4.

Sarabande maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Sarabande’): A cultivar with narrow leaves and a finer overall textrure; 4 to 5 feet tall (6 feet in flower); gold-copper colored flowers appear in late summer and mature to silvery white; hardy to zone 5.

Silberfeder (Silver Feather) silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Silberfeder’): This cultivar grows 5 feet tall (7 feet when in flower) and has a more relaxed, arching habit; large clusters of silvery flowers in late summer, held well above the foliage; hardy to zone 5.

Variegated silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’): Grows 5 to 6 feet tall (7 feet in flower); red-tinged flowers appear in early fall; green leaves with white stripes; the form can be a little floppy; hardy to zone 4.

Zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’): Grows 5 to 7 feet tall (up to 8 feet in flower); coppery flowers produced in early fall; green leaves with gold banding; overall form is loose and relaxed; hardy to zone 5.

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Silver carpet is a ground-hugging perennial, growing 1-3 in. high and slowly spreading several feet wide. Its silvery foliage is comprised of narrow leaves that are pale green above and silvery-white below. Small yellow daisy-like flowers grow to 1 in. across and provide modest accent character in spring and summer.
Native to South Africa, silver carpet has been introduced into California gardens as a ground cover for use in small spaces, between paving stones and for rock garden situations. In some instances it has been planted as a lawn or pathway plant where it is able to withstand light foot traffic. Its low profile and relatively slow growth rate make it easily susceptible to invasive weeds when used in large areas. It tolerates full sun and heat, and is adapted to low amounts of supplemental water during summer. It is sensitive to frost and can be killed by temperatures below 28°F. It is a very small plant that can be encouraged to grow faster and obtain greater coverage by providing additional water. Its best performance is in well-drained soils.

Dymondia margaretae (Silver Carpet) – This is a slowly spreading, very flat (just a few inches tall at best) groundcover with 1-2 inch long narrow leaves, that are a gray-green on top with white tomentosa beneath. Though flat to the ground, the white undersides are exposed to view as the leaf margins edges roll up and inward, particularly, when grown dry and thus giving the plant an appearance of being variegated. Small yellow daisy flowers bloom amongst the foliage in summer. Plant in full sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. This plants grows rapidly with irrigation, but it has deep succulent roots and can be very drought tolerant, though notably slower growing. It is hardy to about 25-30 degrees F. About the only things that this plant does not tolerate well is a heavy or otherwise non-draining soil and gophers. People that have problems with this plant are often overwatering it or have it planted in soils that do not drain adequately. It also does best along the coast as growth slows to a crawl in summer heat inland and then springs back to life with cooler days in fall. Dymondia margaretae is endemic to the Bredasdorp district of the Western Cape of South Africa and is monotypic, being the only species in this genus. In a rare case where both the genus and species of a plant is named for the same person, this plant was named for noted South African horticulturalist Margaret Elizabeth Dryden-Dymond (1909-1952). We first started growing Dymondia in 1985 and it was so rare of a plant that there was little information to be found about it. Since then it has rightfully become a common plant in the California landscape and is often referred to as a Mini Gazania. We thank John Bleck, then manager at the Biology Greenhouses at UCSB at that time for first introducing us to this plant. The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery’s garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Dymondia margaretae.

Silver Carpet

Silver Carpet

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Silver Carpet foliage

Silver Carpet foliage

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* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

Height: 3 inches

Spread: 14 inches


Hardiness Zone: (annual)


An interesting slow spreading groundcover with long narrow leaves that are gray-green on top, white and tomentos underneath; the leaves curl along the edges giving a variegated appearance; grows rapidly with irrigation; but is very drought tolerant

Ornamental Features

Silver Carpet’s attractive tomentose narrow leaves remain grayish green in color with curious white undersides throughout the year. It features tiny yellow daisy flowers along the stems in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Carpet is a dense herbaceous annual with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Carpet is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Silver Carpet will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it’s not a true annual, this slow-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

  1. Dymondia Margaretae Dymondia-Flat

    Posted by Unknown on 3rd Apr 2018

    This is the first time I ordered from Plant The Silver Carpet arrived in perfect condition. The plants were all healthy, no dried up ones. The delivery person was so helpful, he put all the flats in the backyard. This was delivered right on time. I will only buy from this Nursery. George was helpful on the phone with this order.

  2. Better than any nursery

    Posted by Clark on 19th Oct 2017

    A full, lush flat – way better than from my local nurseries. Beautiful

  3. Great stuff!

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Nov 2015

    First time ordering plants from the internet, not sure what I was going to get, but this totally exceeded my expectations! Great price, great delivery guy, the flats were healthy and full. Will definitely order again.

  4. Very Impressed!

    Posted by SoCal Gardener on 16th Nov 2015

    I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this product. I ordered 20 flats of dymondia and every one of them was full of lush, healthy plantlets. Even with the delivery charge, the price per flat was the cheapest I could find anywhere.

  5. Excellent healthy product

    Posted by Robert on 11th Apr 2015

    I’ve purchased this at many chain stores. This product is as good, or better than any of those. Courteous delivery guy. Great experience.

  6. Very Healthy Plants

    Posted by Angela P on 15th Mar 2015

    The dymondia was delivered on time; the flats were full (no bare spots), and the plants were very healthy. My clients were very happy, and so I am I. I will definitely order from Plant Clearance again!

  7. Just as Promised

    Posted by Paul b on 8th Feb 2015

    This is the first time I’ve ordered plants on the internet., or any living thing for that matter. I was a little skeptical of what might arrive. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the ground cover that I ordered and the promptness of the delivery. I’d recommend that you give them a try. You might be pleasantly surprised. I certainly was.

  8. excellent product and service!

    Posted by Susanne Vaughn on 24th Oct 2014

    I ordered 75 flats of dymondia and 8 “Little Ollie” olive bushes for a client recently. They are beautiful specimens and Peter, who delivered them was very helpful with recommendations as to their best planting care. Thank you. I will definitely order from you again!

  9. Dymondia Margaretae Flats are excellent

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Aug 2014

    The flats arrived as scheduled and looked great. Everyone of them appeared healthy and alike so planting them next to each other will create an even and consistent look. A perfect ground cover for my backyard.

  10. Perfect Plant – Great Service

    Posted by Wendy on 12th Oct 2012

    I live on a corner and have more than my fair share of park-strip to maintain. This good looking and durable plant is perfect for my needs. Looks great (once it grows in), low water needs, step-able, and easy to keep all the tree-droppings cleared off either with a blower or a light rake. The flats I picked up today were full, healthy and ready to plant. Thank you guys for putting up with all my questions before I picked up the plants today and Thank you for helping me load my car and with all the great information and advice.

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