How to Grow Dymondia margaretae Plants in your Garden
Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Silver carpet
The Dymondia margaretae plant makes a great plant for using between paving slabs. It is very tough and has the nickname 'living cement'.
These carpet forming plants are very drought tolerant once established and make a great plant to grow in sandy areas. It is originally native to South Africa. Its deep roots make it ideal for growing in areas where there is erosion and soil needs to be retained.
The plant is fairly hardy once established, but it is best to supply it with a weekly watering for the first few years of its life. Also water in times of drought and heat for best results.
Quick Growing and Care Guide
Scientific Name:Dymondia margaretae
Common Name (s): Silver carpet, Carpet gazania
Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): 9b to 11 / H3
Life Cycle / Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen, Mat / carpet forming
Plant Height: 1 to 3 inches (3 to 8 cm)
Plant Spread: Matt forming. 16 to 24 inches (40 to 60 cm)
Flower Details: Yellow
Leaf Foliages: Grey-green, silver beneath.
Best Light Conditions: Full sun or light shade.
Suitable Soil Types: Good drainage. Dry. Sandy. Rocky. Poor.
Soil Soil Moisture: Dry
Sowing, planting, and Propagation: Division or from seed.
Best Garden Use: Where there is foot traffic. Patchy Ground covering (especially popular with people with dogs as it has a strong will to survive). Between paving stones, rock garden, wall. Drape over a container, planter.
Closely Related Species:
Miscellaneous: Tough ground cover in warmer areas. Drought tolerant. May do well in salty soils. Does not tolerate wet soil. Water weekly when getting established. Deep roots. Attracts gophers (consider growing in planters if you suffer from these pests). Deer usually do not eat Dymondia plants. Year round interest. Can attract butterflies to the garden.