4 to 6 in.
18 to 24 in.
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-9
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Partridge feather is a groundcover grown for its feathery silver leaves. The leaves grow as a low mat that spreads slowly over the years.
It is very heat-tolerant and able to withstand dry conditions, making it a great choice for a xeric landscape.
In June, it grows yellow button-like flowers that rise above the leaves. It does not grow well with soggy soil or regular watering from overhead sprinklers.
Partridge feather has impressed our staff with its heat and drought tolerance. It seems to grow best either with drip irrigation or in unwatered locations. Over time it grows into a moderate-sized mat.
With regular overhead watering, it often develops a fungus on the leaves. Due to the weather, it grows better some years than others, so expect some shrinking of its size periodically. We highly recommend it.
Clean up this plant in spring by raking out the old leaves. It is not necessary to cut back in late winter because new leaves will eventually cover last year's growth, but dead sections can be removed as needed.