Trust me, dichondra has few, if any, virtues.
For years, I have been fighting the spread of this weed in my yard and flower beds. Just about the time I get it under control in one area, twice as much pops up in another area. The most annoying thing about this weed is that it spreads by runners that are just under the surface of the soil. That should make it easier, right? But no, the runners are so thin that they break off at the slightest tug and every break turns into a new plant that sends out more runners. It's like splashing water on a gremlin.
Years ago at a plant exchange (where everyone brings plants from their yard to swap with people who have different plants), a man brought little pots of dichondra that he wanted to trade for nursery quality flowers and shrubs. He was so proud of his ground cover. When no one was willing to make that trade, he foisted them upon everyone before he left. Until he was out of sight, we stood in silence, each with a little pot of dichondra held at arms length, and then one person giggled, then another, until we were all laughing as we unceremoniously dumped the weeds in the nearest trash can.
So you can imagine my surprise when I came across this at Home Depot.
I have heard that gardeners in California try to grow Dichondra in place of grass, with mixed results. I guess one state's weed is another state's ground cover.
But I will continue to fight it in my lawn and flower beds, and let it fight it out with the fragrant bedstraw and chickweed in my
And since I began with a quote about weeds, I'll end with one because it is so very, very true.
"Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone." -Jean Jacques Rousseau