The Q&A Archives: Using Dichondra

Question: I saw the suggestion on a TV gardening show to use dichondra between the flagstones of a patio. I had trouble even finding the seed and I cannot find much information on the plant. I have planted the seed and it is growing and slowly spreading between the stones in a layer of planting mix I swept into the spaces. But I would still like more information.

Answer: Dichondra micrantha is a ground hugging plant that spreads by rooting surface runners. It has small, round leaveas that look like miniature water lily pads. In shade, and with heavy feeding a watering, it can grow to 6" tall. It was once a popular lawn substitute in southern California landscapes. It's fallen out of favor though because flea beetles loved to feed on big panels of the plant. Used between stepping stones it stays low and rarely needs mowing. You should be able to find seeds of dichondra in the grass seed area of local nurseries.

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