Botanical Name: Lessingia flilaginifolia 'Silver Carpet'
Common Name: Silver Carpet Lessingia  
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Water Saving Tip:

Remember to check your irrigation system at least once a month, especially your valves, sprinkler heads, and drip emitters.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range



Flower Color

Lavender, Pink


Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Fall, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Grey, Silver


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Wild Garden


Accenting Features

Unusual Foliage, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Parking Strip


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: James Campbell, El Nativo Growers
Photographer: El Nativo Growers, Inc
  • Description

  • Notes

Lessingia 'Silver Carpet' is one of the best native groundcovers for use in large areas. It grows very quickly once established in the ground and requires little to no care. It will tolerate almost regular water to very little. The fuzzy silver foliage remains attractive through most of the year. Small pink to lavender flowers appear on the foliage intermittently throughout the year for added interest. This plant is very vigorous and should not be planted in small areas. It will easily grow to 6-8'+W
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.