WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: CAROLINA PONYSFOOT (Dichondra carolinensis)
Perennial Groundcover for moist to wet locations. Convolvulaceae (Morning-Glory Family). Being cultivated in some states as an alternative to lawn.
Newly documentated for my native plant yard list (at over 200 species and counting). It may have been a resident all these years as I may have thought it was just a seedling of the SPADELEAF (Centella asiatica) that is a favorite groundcover of mine.
Said to have medicinal qualities: https://southernherbalist.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/dichondra/
“a.k.a. Penny grass 2” Full sun, High salt tolerance.
Low-growing groundcover for edges and mass plantings. Inconspicuous flowers and evergreen foliage. Prefers moist soil.” source: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/fyn_pub_native_plantslist_orn_grass.shtml
Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3101