Leptinella squalida ‘Platt's Black’
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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.
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.