Dichondra carolinensis (Carolina Ponysfoot)

Dichondra growing in the planter with the Tall Trailing Nasturtiums in 9-23-10, #60-9.

Carolina Ponysfoot

Dichondra carolinensis

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Synonyms of Dichondra carolinensis (3) (Updated on 11-17-21 from Plants of the World Online): Demidofia repens J.F.Gmel., Dichondra caroliniana Willd. ex DC., Dichondra evolvulacea var. carolinensis (Michx.) Kuntze

Dichondra carolinensis Michx. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Dichondra. It was named and described as such by André Michaux in Flora Boreali-Americana in 1803.

The genus, Dichondra J.R.Forst. & G.Forst, was named and described as such by Johann Reinhold Forster and Johann Georg Adam Forster in Characteres Generum Plantarum in 1776. Johann Reinhold Forster was the father of Johann Georg Forster.

As of 11-17-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 15 species in the Dichondra genus. It is a member of the plant family Convolvulaceae with 59 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.

I decided the species growing at the mansion was Dichondra carolinensis because they appear to be the only species native in Mississippi. Some species overlap ranges (several in Texas) while others are native to other parts of the world.


Dichondra growing with the Aloe maculata on 5-10-10, #55-4. The pot because really full of it in time.

The uses for Dichondra are varied and interesting. Some people plant it in their lawns while others fight to get rid of it. There are even a few cultivars available as they look really good in hanging baskets.

Well, it all goes to show you that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I didn’t mind the Dichondra growing in the yard and even in the pots for a while. Then I had to pull it out of the pot with the Aloe maculata because it became so thick. It never amounted to much in the yard and I think it even eventually disappeared just as suddenly as it appeared.

Maybe someday the Dichondra and I will meet again. Who knows what life has in store with its many wonders.

I hope you found this information somewhat useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click “Like” below if you visited this page. Be sure to check out the links below for further reading.

MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN (D. argentea ‘Silver Falls’)

4 comments on “Dichondra carolinensis (Carolina Ponysfoot)

  1. Janice says:

    Hi I live in Georgia and am looking for the dichondra species that is native here. I believe that would be the one you describe Dichondra carolinensis. Do you know of a source to buy the seed for this plant?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hello Janice! I sent you an email. 🙂


    • Travis Cohn says:

      Hello, thank you for your article here. I am seeking a source of seed of Dichondra carolinensis also. As far as I can tell searching on the web, it seems like most / all of the Dichodra seed for sale is D. repens, which is from New Zealand, and most likely an invasive threat to our native carolina pony foot (I live in North Carolina, so this feels personal! ;). Have either of you been able to find a source of D. carolinensis seed?
      Thanks very much, Travis

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