Dichondra repens – Kidney Weed

A creeping plant that spreads widely from underground stolons, making it a good ground cover. It is also used as a soft lawn alternative which doesn’t need mowing, though it won’t stand up to hard traffic. It grows best in moist lightly shaded areas, preferring clay type soils, but will grow in sunny spots provided it gets some water in dry times. Naturally grows in all areas of Australia. It has insignificant green-yellow flowers at all times of the year.

Family:Convolvulaceae
Scientific Name:Dichondra repens
Common Name:Kidney Weed
Plant Type:Ground cover
Height:0.1 ~ 0.3 metres
Width:1 ~ 5 metre
Flower Colour:Yellow, Green
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Lawn alternative
Special Uses:Fast growing, Playground friendly

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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