leptinella

Leptinella is a creeping perennial groundcover that spreads quickly by rhizomatous runners just under the soil surface.

Leaves are feathery or fern-like with colors ranging from grayish-green to bright green with gray, purple and black tints. Flowers are tiny button-like heads without the petal-like ray florets usually associated with daisies. Colors of flowers range from white to yellow or even black.

Leptinella stays evergreen during the majority of Portland’s winters and grows well in shade or sun. Once established, Leptinella forms dense mats that can withstand regular foot traffic. This ground cover looks great in many different types of gardens, such as fairy, Japanese, and woodland. In terms of function, Leptinella is useful as a durable lawn substitute, living patio, or planting between pavers
or along the edges of pathways.

Varieties you may find at Portland Nursery include:

Leptinella-squalida

Leptinella squalida

Light green fern-like leaves with button yellow flowers are found on this Leptinella from New Zealand. Hardy to zone 4 and ranging in height from 1 inch to 5 inches and 12 inches to 16 inches wide, this species tolerates sun to part shade and regular foot traffic.

Leptinella-PlattsBlack

Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’

A popular variety, Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’ has distinctive black leaves with bright green tips and dark-colored flowers. This variety was named after Jane Platt of Portland, Oregon, who discovered this unique variety in her garden. All other characteristics are similar to Leptinella squalida.

Leptinella-gruveri

Leptinella gruveri: Miniature Brass Buttons

Similar to Leptinella squalida, except individual leaves are very small (miniature) and the height of the groundcover is much shorter in stature. Height of the foliage is around one inch and the width is around 12 inches. Leptinella gruveri tolerates sun to part shade and high foot traffic. Great as an evergreen lawn substitute.

Leptinella-potentillina

Leptinella potentillina: Verdigris Brass Buttons

This species of Leptinella is native to damp coastal places in New Zealand. Verdigris Brass Buttons have yellow, button-like flowers which bloom on runners of bronzy-green, ferny foliage. Growing 2 inches high and 12 inches wide, this species is similar to other kinds of Leptinella in that it tolerates regular foot traffic and sun to part shade.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

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Hellebore: Winter Jewel

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Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

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Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily