Scleranthus uniflorus
"Astroturf Plant"

Photo Courtesy of Ghislain118

Looking like the love child of moss and astroturf, this New Zealand native evergreen groundcover forms a firm, slightly mounding surface with a dense, cushiony feel - so tough that it stands up to a bit of foot traffic (stepping on it occasionally is actually recommended to keep it nice and flat). It hugs the ground, only rising to about 1” tall, and spreads slowly to about 12” wide. In shade, it takes a looser form. Best planted on the edge of a bed or in a pot where visitors can enjoy its petite charms. So gorgeous swelling up between stones along a path or rock wall. Prefers well-drained sandy soil and, for the first year, average water. Over time it will need less water and become more drought tolerant. It does produce insignificant flowers but the real appeal here lays in its foliage. Deer resistant.

Curious Plantsman

Avg./Low Water

Perennial Groundcover
USDA zones 7-11