Leptinella squalida Platt's Black

Platt's Black Dollhouse Fern

Leptinella squalida Platt's Black, Leptinella squalida Platt's Black, Platt's Black Dollhouse Fern

This tight growing groundcover has ferny foliage with nearly black highlights to the leaves. It tolerates light foot traffic when planted into pavers and flagstone pations.

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Zones 5 - 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Shipping Shipping begins in early September, coldest zones first. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 38911


1" tall x 18-24" wide. A tight growing groundcover, Platt's Black has ornamental, ferny foliage with nearly-black highlights to the leaves. It can be used as a crack filler in rock walls, between flagstones and pavers or as a lawn substitute in small areas. Tolerates light foot traffic. 'Platt's Black' grows best in moderately moist to moist soil conditions. Grows in most soil types including clay. Plant with Columbine.
SKU 38911
Common Name Platt's Black Dollhouse Fern
Botanical Name Leptinella squalida Platt's Black
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height 1" tall
Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Groundcover
Ideal Region Coastal California, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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