Ponies!

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Hat all done. Now what?

On a plane, on a trip. Hat is knitted. Outta needlepoint wool. Snacks been ate. Tired of reading about music theory. Studied local maple trees. Two more hours of flying. It’s dark and overcast, nothing to see out the window. Heading east, so jet lagged in the wrong direction to be sleepy.

So better write about ponyfoot.

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Dichondra carolinensis, Carolina Ponyfoot.

Ponyfoot is a grass green ground covering morning glory relative native to the Piedmont. The flowers are insignificant, only a millimeter or two across, and each one produces a pair of tiny seeds. The ones in the garden are the same grass green as the leaves. The genus name, Dichondra, means “two grains”, referring to the two seeds. So ignore the flowers, they hide under the leaves anyway. But the leaves are rather nice. About 3 cm wide, they are almost completely round, except for a triangular snip around the stem. Looks like a horse’s foot print. Hence the common name. Besides, there are a lot of leaves on each plant, so maybe it should be poniesfoot. Or ponyfeet. Anyway, sticking with ponyfoot.

The species in North Carolina is Dichondra carolinensis, or Carolina ponyfoot. There is a patch growing in grass paths in the vegetable garden. It looks good and doesn’t need mowing. Hopefully it can be encouraged to form a nice border around the veggie beds.  It roots very easily along the stems. forming a neat thick mound.

References

“Dichondra.” Encyclopedia of Life, available from http://www.eol.org/pages/70964/overview. Accessed May 18, 2016.

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