Brass Buttons Leptinella
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- Use: A lovely ground cover that looks like a miniature fern! The feathery fine-textured leaves are green with gray, purple, and black tints. The delicate-looking leaves grow up to 2” long and ½“ wide (but are often much smaller). Brass buttons is typically used as a ground cover for small areas, in rock gardens and is perfect for miniature gardens. It tolerates very light foot traffic, so it is well suited to grow between flagstones or along the edges of pathways. Evergreen in milder climates (zones 9-10); its leaves will remain under snow cover in colder climates. Yellowish-green to gold flowers are produced in spring. They are composed of just the central disk flowers of the normal daisy flower minus the white petals so they appear something like miniature buttons – giving rise to the common name of brass buttons.
- Exposure/Soil: Full sun in northern range but benefits from afternoon shade in hotter climates. Moist loamy soil is best. In its native New Zealand habitat, this creeping herbaceous perennial is found in open, damp places in lowland to sub-alpine regions of North, South and Stewart Islands. It only grows about half an inch to 2” high but spreads to form dense mats of foliage.
- Zones 4-10