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Dichondra repens

Kidney-weed

Dense creeping perennial herb spreading by roots from leaf nodes to form mats.

Additional information

  • FamilyConvolvulaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesHairy kidney-shaped leaves 5-25 mm x 5-30 mm, often notched at the tip. Stalks 10-50 mm long.
  • Flower colourGreen
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersSingle tiny flowers on stalks 10-60 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWidespread in well drained soils in moist to dry forests. Frost tolerant. Partial to full shade.
  • Garden useExcellent ground cover creating a dense mat in moist shady areas. Can be used as a grass alternative in light traffic areas.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
Photographer/s: 1 SYR library; 2 Marilyn Bull ©; 3 Peter Kinchington ©

Plant Communities

  • 05 Mountain Ash Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 30)
  • 25 Long-leaf Box Grassy Dry Forest - Southern Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 06 Mountain Ash Wet Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 30)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 27 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 08 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest – Dandenongs (EVC 29)
  • 28 Red Box Grassy Dry Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 22)
  • 11 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 18)
  • 29 Green Scentbark Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 12 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 18)
  • 30 Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 13 Manna Gum Riparian Forest - Upper Yarra (EVC 18)
  • 33 Mountain Swamp Gum Swampy Riparian Woodland (EVC 83)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 34 Manna Gum Floodplain Riparian Woodland (EVC 56)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 37 Yarra Gum Grassy Woodland (EVC 175)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 38 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest – Middle Yarra (EVC 47)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 41 Swamp Paperbark Riparian Thicket (EVC 59)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 42 Yellow Box Valley Grassy Forest - Christmas Hills (EVC 47)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 44 Grassy Wetland Complex (EVC 125)
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