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Pony-foot, Carolina ponysfoot
Dichondra carolinensis

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens and water gardens and along pond and lake edges.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small creeping herb.

Dimensions: About 1-2 inches in height. Spreading and forming large open or dense patches.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Widespread in the eastern and central United States south to the Monroe County Keys; Bahamas.

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Habitats: Primarily disturbed areas, including lawns, but also found in hammocks and near water bodies.

Soils: Wet to moist, well-drained to poorly drained sandy, limestone or organic soils, with or without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade to full sun.

Flower Color: Greenish.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Horticultural Notes: Easily grown from divisions of creeping, rooted stems, but keep moist at all times.

Comments: Can be weedy in the garden, but covers ground and competes with less desirable plants.

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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