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Leptinella Dioca

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Leptinella Dioca

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Leptinella dioca (this one is green, not green and black) is my alltime favourite ground cover. It is a mass of soft, rounded ferns which creep along the ground, which get up to 7cm tall- just long enough to stop weed seeds from germinating, you won’t notice hydrocotyl or creeping oxalis, and you can still weed between the ferns without them showing much damage.

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Leptinella dioca (this one is green, not green and black) is my alltime favourite ground cover. It is a mass of soft, rounded ferns which creep along the ground, which get up to 7cm tall- just long enough to stop weed seeds from germinating, you won’t notice hydrocotyl or creeping oxalis, and you can still weed between the ferns without them showing much damage.

The photos show a very green leptinella against a red one- the redder picture is there to show you what it can look like if it gets a bit too much sun for its liking. It will stay alive, but get that reddish tinge.

Once a year, leptinella flowers tiny round yellow heads, which look a bit like daisies with the petals taken off. Weigh up full sun against the amount of water that leptinella dioca will get- it’ll tolerate more sun if it can stay moist enough. If it’s in part shade, it will tolerate dry summers well. In landscaping, we plant one plant per 20cm square, but once established it is a fast grower.

Please note that cuttings are wrapped in wet newspaper, with no roots, in a small amount of soil. In the case of leptinella, it will likely have roots, and the runners need to be buried just under soil level. If you are not confident at planting, you should purchase the adult plant. You will receive three 10cm cuttings that need to be into wet soil as soon as possible.