Leptinella squalida ‘Platt's Black’

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Outstanding Qualities

This evergreen groundcover is a real Northwest workhorse. Tolerant of light foot traffic, this feathery fern-like perennial is green with gray, purple, and black tints. In spring and summer, tiny yellow button-like flowers appear a few inches above the foliage. Tolerant of shade, 'Platt's Black' isn't particular about soil and is drought resistant once established.'Platt's Black' is great planted between stepping stones to add interest and suppress weeds. It can be used as a low traffic lawn and is a great low maintenance ground cover. To establish it, plant one to four inch plugs on eight inch centers and full coverage will be achieved in three to four months. It can be combined with the golden Scotch moss and Laurentia for a lovely mosaic effect.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 3 in. (0.08 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 0 in. (0.00 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weather

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: black, burgundy, bronze

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver

Culture Notes
This small groundcover grows best in full sun to light or open shade. Plant it in a moist to well-drained soil, although it will tolerate sandy sites or clay. It appreciates occasional watering during dry weather. Do not crowd with taller plants.