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Dymondia margaretae

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Plant Type: Low ground cover
Aspect: Full sun but will take partial shade
Foliage: Soft foliage
Flower colour: Yellow
Flowering period: Throughout the year
Growth form: Spreads slowly to make a carpet. Non-invasive.
Size - height & spread : 5 -12 per square metre for a lawn (depends on size of plants)
Soil type/requirements: Better in an improved free draining soil
Water requirements (established plants): Monthly deep irrigation in high summer
Native Distribution: South Africa

South African Silver Carpet thrives in poor, rocky soils and even salt spray, forming a dense silvery-green mat that smothers virtually all weeds. Large yellow daisy-like flowers appear mainly in spring and early summer.

Dymondia margaretae is widely used in Mediterranean areas as an ornamental alternative to turf. It forms a low, 5cm high, very drought tolerant ground cover and is a good lawn replacement in dry areas, but as with any lawn you may need to improve the soil first (especially if it doesn't get any shade).

Once established, the deep, fleshy roots act as a water reservoir, providing the plant with water when needed. The Dymondia carpet normally appears green/silver, but when the root water reserves are depleted and the plant needs water, the leaves curl up, revealing their silver undersides which reflect the sun's rays, reducing further water loss. It tolerates occasional heavy foot traffic and, like many grass alternatives, works well as a filler between paving and stepping stones.

Further Details

We can produce Dymondia in large quantities for those wishing to use it as a lawn alternative. Depending on your soil conditions and time of planting, we can produce different sized plants for you at lower prices than the single plant stocks offered here. However, we do not recommend planting small plants in exposed areas with little water, as they have less developed root systems and are often unable to withstand the high temperatures experienced in the first summer of planting. Please contact us for more information, preferably before you remove your lawn.

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