Silver falls dichondra plant

Dichondra micrantha used as a turf alternative.

Dichondra micrantha is a low growing, groundcover plant that was once touted for use as a lawn in the mild west, but flea beetles quickly drove it out of favor as a grass substitute. Now a related species, D. argentea, is taking center stage nationwide as a unique, trailing accent plant for containers and hanging baskets. Dichondra has small, rounded leaves that resemble miniature water lily pads and spreads by rooting surface runners. Native to Texas and Mexico, D. argentea is a perennial hardy in zones 8 to 10, but is being used as an annual foliage plant in the horticultural trade.

‘Silver Falls dichondra has silvery fan-shaped leaves.

‘Silver Falls’ dichondra is a vigorous plant that forms a mass of soft pewter leaves on silver stems in full sun to part shade. The fan-shaped, shimmering silvery leaves are held on plants just 2 inches tall. The trailing stems branch well without pinching. It is heat and drought tolerant and will recover quickly if watered after wilting. In the Midwest, dichondra has no serious insect or disease problems.

Silver Falls dichondra used as a trailing plant over a wall in an annual bed.

‘Silver Falls’ dichondra is great alone or in mixed containers, providing a cool contrast to green foliage and brightly colored flowers. Try it in hanging baskets, tall containers, or window boxes as an alternative to licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare minus ‘Silver Mist’). It combines well with ‘Tidal Wave’ petunia, ‘Angel Mist’ angelonia, or ‘Dragon Wing Red’ begonia. Like other silver plants, it goes well with purple, pink or blue flowers and foliage. For a sophisticated look, plant it with white, pale pink and pale lavender flowers. Other suggested plant combinations include Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) and ‘Duckfoot’ coleus; petunias, ivy geranium and lobelia; or an all-foliage mix with chartreuse and black sweet potato vines. Planted near the edge of a raised bed or rock wall, it will cascade over the edge, growing 2 to 4 feet long. It can also be used as a ground cover on well-drained soils, where it will form dense mats that choke out weeds. Try pairing it with colorful foliage plants, such as ‘Purple Knight’ alternanthera or sun-tolerant coleus. ‘Silver Falls’ can even be used as a trailing filler for cutflower arrangements.

Silver Falls dichondra as a groundcover.

Dichondra can be purchased as bedding plants or started from seed. If you intend to grow your own, start the seed indoors 12 weeks before last frost. Cover the seed lightly and keep the soil evenly moist until the seedlings have completely emerged. Warm temperatures (75ºF) and high humidity is necessary for germination in 1 to 2 weeks. Dichondra prefers warm, dry growing conditions, so let the plants dry out well between waterings once they are larger. Transplant to larger containers at 7 to 8 weeks or when plants have several true leaves. Provide as much light as possible, to produce a more compact plant and better silver color.

Until recently, seed of ‘Silver Falls’ dichondra was only available to wholesale growers. It is now available to homeowners in the US from only a few retailers, including Park Seed (Greenwood, SC), Pinetree Garden Seeds (New Gloucester, ME) and Stokes Seed (Buffalo, NY). Some foreign sources include Veseys (York, Prince Edward Island, Canada), Nicky’s Nursery (Kent, UK) and Egmont Seed Company Ltd (Christchurch, New Zealand).

Another recently-introduced variety, ‘Emerald Falls’ (offered as D. repens, which is just a synonym of D. micrantha) also works well in hanging baskets and mixed containers, as well as as a ground cover. Its leaves are more rounded than ‘Silver Falls’ and it produces a wider but shorter plant. These heat tolerant plants branch heavily early, then the runners tangle to form a dense, tight mass with a less spreading habit.

– Susan Mahr, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Additional Information

  • Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ — on the Missouri Botanic Garden’s Kemper Center for Home Gardening website

Silver Falls Dichondra

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Characteristics

Species: argentea

Plant Height: 3 in.

Spread: 48 in.

Evergreen: No

Plant Form: trailing

Summer Foliage Color: gray green

Minimum Sunlight: partial shade

Maximum Sunlight: full sun

Ornamental Features

Silver Falls Dichondra’s attractive tiny tomentose fan-shaped leaves remain grayish green in color with hints of silver throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Falls Dichondra is an herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. 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 can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics. Silver Falls Dichondra is recommended for the following landscape applications; General Garden Use Groundcover Container Planting Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Silver Falls Dichondra will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it’s not a true annual, this fast-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 prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation. Silver Falls Dichondra is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its trailing habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a ‘spiller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’

  • Attributes: Genus: Dichondra Species: argentea Family: Convolvulaceae Life Cycle: Annual Perennial Recommended Propagation Strategy: Seed Country Or Region Of Origin: USA and Mexico Distribution: TX, NM, AZ and Mexico Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems): Very drought tolerant; heat; some light shade (dappled sunlight) Dimensions: Height: 0 ft. 2 in. – 0 ft. 4 in. Width: 3 ft. 0 in. – 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits: Plant Type: Annual Ground Cover Herbaceous Perennial Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Semi-evergreen Habit/Form: Creeping Spreading Maintenance: Low
  • Cultural Conditions: Light: Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day) Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day) Soil Texture: Loam (Silt) Sand Soil Drainage: Good Drainage Usda Plant Hardiness Zone: 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Fruit: Fruit Description: 2 capsuled fruit
  • Flowers: Flower Color: Gold/Yellow Green White Flower Inflorescence: Insignificant Flower Bloom Time: Spring Flower Description: Insignificant (very small) flowers bloom in late spring (May to June) in colors of white and yellow (more of a greenish-yellow).
  • Leaves: Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Semi-evergreen Leaf Color: Gray/Silver Leaf Feel: Soft Hairs Present: No Leaf Width: < 1 inch Leaf Description: This plant has silvery (nearly metallic looking) but soft foliage (about 1 inch). Its shape is somewhere between fan-shaped and round.
  • Stem: Stem Color: Gray/Silver Stem Is Aromatic: No Stem Description: Stems are silver and branching.
  • Landscape: Landscape Location: Container Hanging Baskets Rock Wall Landscape Theme: Rock Garden Design Feature: Accent Resistance To Challenges: Drought Heat

Silver Falls Dichondra foliage

Silver Falls Dichondra foliage

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Silver Falls Dichondra

Silver Falls Dichondra

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Silver Falls Dichondra

Silver Falls Dichondra

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 3 inches

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:

Hardiness Zone: (annual)

Ornamental Features

Silver Falls Dichondra’s attractive tiny tomentose fan-shaped leaves remain grayish green in color with hints of silver throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Falls Dichondra is an herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. 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 can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Falls Dichondra is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Silver Falls Dichondra will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it’s not a true annual, this fast-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 prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Silver Falls Dichondra is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its trailing habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a ‘spiller’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Silver Falls Houseplant: Growing A Silver Falls Dichondra In The Home

As an outdoor plant it makes a pretty ground cover or trailing plant, but growing a Silver Falls dichondra indoors in a container is also a great option. This evergreen, hardy plant grows gorgeous silvery foliage and makes a nice addition to any home with the right care.

What is Silver Falls Dichondra?

Silver Falls is the common name for Dichondra argentea, an herbaceous and evergreen perennial. Outdoors it is hardy to zone 10 and can be grown as a low groundcover or as a plant that trails over the edge of a raised bed or container. It is especially popular in hanging baskets because of its trailing foliage.

The name Silver Falls comes from the unique coloring of the leaves, a silvery pale green. The flowers are not very noticeable, and the real reason to grow this plant is for the pretty leaves. It is also prized for its ability to spread and cover an area vigorously and quickly as well as for its low-maintenance nature.

How to Grow a Silver Falls Plant Indoors

Growing a Silver Falls plant indoors is a great way to add a different element to your houseplants. Not typically grown inside, Silver Falls does well in containers and there is no reason you shouldn’t try it. Silver falls dichondra care is simple and you’ll find that if you give your potted plant the right conditions, it will thrive and grow vigorously.

Give your Silver Falls houseplant rich, but not heavy soil and make sure the container will drain well. It prefers medium to dry conditions, so staying inside in the winter with drier air is usually no problem for this plant.

Make sure the pot is big enough to allow the plant to spread or be prepared to trim it back as needed. Find a spot that gets some direct sunlight throughout the day, as Silver Falls prefers partial shade to full sunlight.

The real beauty of growing a Silver Falls plant indoors is getting masses of trailing, silvery foliage, so find a place in your home that will let it shine. A basket hanging from the ceiling or a pot that sits on a tall table are good options for enjoying the trailing vines of your Silver Falls houseplant.

During spring and summer months, you can allow the plant to soak up the sun outdoors.

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Ok ya’ll, truth time! I am notorious for killing my indoor plants. Yep. Plant murderer right here. I’ve always loved gardening outdoors but have struggled immensely to bring my green thumb indoors! And, I am guessing that there are plenty of you out there in the same boat! So today I want to tell you about 6 unkillable indoor plants.

The proof is right here in my own household. These babies have survived me for over a year and are thriving. That’s saying something.

And guess what? Jade, succulents and ivy are NOT on my list! They seem to be on everyone else’s list, unexplainably. However, I’ve killed many a-succulent so I’m not sure why people have ever claimed they are easy to care for.

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Indoor Plants That Will Survive Your Black Thumb

Indoor Plant #1: ZZ Plant

I have no idea why we humans have to make things so complicated, but the real name of this plant is Zamioculcas. See? Why scientists? Why!? ZZ Plant is so much easier. (Plant on the far left.) This plant sits in my home with very little direct light and has thrived! I am notorious for forgetting to water my indoor plants for a couple of weeks at a time. But my little ZZ just keeps on a-truckin’.

Further proof it is unkillable: A little sprout was broken off by a rambunctious kiddo and I decided to place it in a small vile of water until it died. But it NEVER DIED!

That baby sprouted roots! In only water! With no sunlight or soil! And ya’ll…I haven’t even changed the water more than once in four months. Maybe someday I’ll get around to actually planting it in soil and I’m guessing it will become a whole new plant right before my plant-neglecting eyes.

Indoor Plant #2: Mother In Law’s Tongue

Let’s be honest, this plant has the most hysterical name out there. I, fortunately, cannot relate to those poor souls with a vicious mother-in-law, but when I think about the name of this plant it reminds me of that J-Lo movie, Monster-In-Law. So based on the name alone I think you should try it out. 😉

This plant (in the Love pot) is also placed in very little direct light. I probably water it once every two weeks. And even with such poor care it is sprouting new shoots and I need to transplant it into a larger pot!

Indoor Plant #3: Golden Pothos

This plant (top right) is also called Devil’s Ivy. Boo. I don’t like that name. So we’re sticking with Golden Pothos. This plant is in indirect sunlight and gets watered about once a week. However it has definitely gone longer than that and not been any worse for wear.

This beauty does like to see the sun though, so whereas the ZZ plant and Mother In-Law’s Tongue have survived well without much light, you’ll want to make sure this guy sees a little bit of sunlight throughout the day. I have mine on deep shelves near an east facing window and he does just fine.

Indoor Plant #4: Sweet Potato Vine

Guys, I’m not even joking. I didn’t know that a sweet potato was actually in the dirt producing my vine. It is slightly embarrassing to admit, but hey, I’m not a genius so you’ve gotta show a little grace. 😉

I had my sweet potato vine outdoors all summer long and decided to give it a try inside for the winter.

I planted my potato in a hanging planter in front of a north facing window and it has been doing beautifully. This guy DOES like to be watered though. Sorry little fella. I know you’ve lost a few leaves due to my neglect. But with watering every 2-3 days it has come back from the brink with gusto.

Now if only my husband would stop teaching our children that you can eat sweet potato vine leaves……

Indoor Plant #5: Money Tree

Oh if only this tree lived up to it’s name! I have no idea why it’s called a money tree but I wish it grew money. But then again, some would say that money is made out of paper and thus does grow from trees…those people are too literal. 😉

I was given this little gem by my mom who had faith that I could indeed sustain life in a plant. It was her faith that spurred me to try more than one plant after this one survived the first year of life.

{Updated: My indoor plants have continued to flourish in my new home! Almost 2 years later and I still have these beauties after our move. You can see above how my money tree has grown over the last 2 years.}

My money tree flourished with weekly (sometimes every other week) watering in an east facing window for over a year. Then, I tried to continue braiding the trunk one day and snapped off a whole branch. *Tear*

So, a little word of caution: If you haven’t continued to braid your trunk while it was still young don’t try to do it once it is older and more rigid. It won’t work. 🙁

Indoor Plant #6: Dichondra, Silver Falls

This vine went CRAZY outdoors this summer. Like the sweet potato vine, I decided to try it indoors. Guys. It didn’t like the transplant experience. I’ll be honest, it was touch and go for awhile.

But once I cut off the dead vines new ones have been sprouting up like crazy. I think he’ll survive. This vine is a little needy and does like to be watered. So, fingers crossed I remember to do so. 🙂

BONUS Indoor Plant #7: FAUX

Let’s be honest here. Not everyone has time or desire to try to keep one more living thing alive. We’ve got kids, pets, and ourselves (if we’re lucky) to worry about already. I get it. The thought of being responsible for one more life is taking it a step too far in the name of home decor.

So go faux.

I’ve rounded up my absolutely favorite faux florals, plants and topiaries {HERE}.

I have 6 live indoor plants (well…7 really, but one is not doing so hot and thus has not made the list here…darn you olive tree) but I have countless faux plants! Maybe too many. It is a little embarrassing, just like my sign addiction I told you about here.

There you have it! 6 plants that the killer of all indoor plants (aka: moi) has not killed! I’d like to think that my black thumb has become green but I’m betting that these plants really are just unkillable. Because little Ollie isn’t fairing too well. Be warned: Olive Trees don’t like to be neglected.

{Update: I’ve shared more details on how to keep my favorite indoor plants thriving as well as some tips on how to add a little bit of boho design style to any home. Enjoy!}

What tops your list for easy care indoor plants? Maybe I’ll try something new!

{My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them. – Mitch Hedberg}

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Dichondra Argentea PolySilver Seeds

The Dichondra Argentea ‘PolySilver’ Silver Falls plant has silvery, light green fan-shaped foliage. Ideal for hanging baskets, tall pots or trailing down over retaining walls making a feature in your garden or courtyard. It looks elegant on its own in pots or mixed with other plants to create an accent foliage. In optimal conditions this variety of Dichondra can cascade up to 2 metres.

Once established and under the right conditions, Dichondra Argentea ‘PolySilver’ Silver Falls can also be grown inside. Hanging from your ceiling or in a tall pot, it makes a stunning modern indoor feature in your home. Placed in a spot that gets a bit of direct sunlight during the day and in a pot that allows sufficient drainage, this plant can thrive inside.

Dichondra Argentea ‘PolySilver’ Silver Falls may also be used as a ground cover and looks great between garden steps and along pathways. In shaded areas it can grow 10-15cm high. Place plants 25-30 cm apart to achieve a stylish easy to grow ground cover.

Advantages of Dichondra Argentea ‘PolySilver’ Silver Falls

  • Easy to grow cascading plant for hanging baskets, tall pots or ground cover
  • Minimal maintenance is required once the plant is established
  • Established plants can handle full sun, dry conditions and shaded areas
  • Can be grown indoors

Features

  • Can grow 10-15cm high
  • Plant can spread up to 30cm
  • Close planting distance will assist in more rapid establishment
  • Prefers part-shaded aspect but copes well in sun
  • Suitable for pots and will grow in most regions of Australia
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Easy to grow evergreen perennial

Seed Sowing Instructions

  • Easy to follow seed propagation notes are provided with every seed purchase
  • Seeds of this variety are best started in seed raising mix or Jiffy® pellets before planting into the garden

What am I Purchasing?

  • Premium seeds of Dichondra Argentea ‘PolySilver’ Silver Falls
  • Easy to follow seed propagation notes

Dichondra argentea Silver Falls

A wonderful trailing plant that grows well in full sun Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’ (pictured right) is widely grown in hanging baskets and containers where it can be allowed to trail down over the side.

Unlike some other species this is a variety that copes well in full sun and handles drier conditions than many.

Originally from dry areas from Mexico through to Texas it is used mainly as a hanging basket plant, the foliage will cascade down for up to 2m in ideal conditions making it a spectacular curtain of silvery green leaves.

It is also an excellent plant when allowed to trail over rock walls it is grown for the foliage although it does have small flowers.

Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ Suppliers

Alternatives Plants

Dichondra Silver Falls

  • Tillandsia usneoides or Old Man’s Beard
  • Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ or Creeping Jenny
  • Rhipsalis ramulosa
  • Tassel Ferns
  • Epiphyllum
  • Chain of Hearts Plant

Dividing and propagating

Plants can be grown from seed or propagated by root division in early spring or early autumn.

From Seed

  • Sow seed in a seed raising mix in a tray, surface sow and tap down lightly to ensure good contact withe the soil.
  • The best time to sow seed is in spring unless you are using a heated propagation tray.
  • Water with a seaweed fertiliser and then keep moist until seed germinate, usually within 2 weeks.
  • Transplant or ‘pot up’ after plants reach a reasonable size.
  • Grow on until ready to plant out.
  • Plants are a little slow at first so be patient, the long trailing silvery foliage is well worth the wait.

Landscaping Uses

Often seen as being a hanging basket plant, this is a plant that can be used in a number of ways. Best in a position where the kidney shaped leaves can be shown off.

Particularly useful when planted on a screen, wall or fence. The foliage can be allowed fall down naturally providing a visual break on these surfaces.

Also suited to growing as a ground cover plant where smaller plants can be planted at around 20 cms apart to form a mat.

Care of Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’

Drought tolerant and hardy silver falls is also known as kidney weed, for the shape of the leaves as well as Silver Pony’s foot.

Care is minimal, prune back in spring to keep in shape, ensure a well drained position and fertilise with a general purpose slow release fertiliser in spring. A little extra water in summer in dry periods as needed, but do not over water.

Dichondra repens is a different species widely used as a ground cover plant.

You May also like

  • Tillandsia usneoides or Old Man’s Beard
  • Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ or Creeping Jenny
  • Rhipsalis ramulosa
  • Epiphyllum
  • Chain of Hearts Plant

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