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Leptinella Platts Black is native to New Zealand and is celebrated for its distinctive black foliage, making it a standout addition to any garden. With its striking appearance and versatility, it has gained popularity among garden enthusiasts for its ability to transform any outdoor space into a lush, low-maintenance, and visually captivating haven. It is hardy to light foot traffic, making it a perfect plant for infill between stepping stones or pavers. It produces insignificant green flowers in spring.



Leptinella Platts Black is an easy-to-care-for plant that thrives in a variety of conditions. It does prefer full sun but will tolerate light shade, making it adaptable to different areas of your garden. Well-draining soil is essential for this plant. It is not particular about soil type but appreciates good drainage.



Regular watering is essential to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Ensure that the plant does not dry out during hot, dry spells.


Feeding Requirements

Leptinella Platts Black benefits from occasional fertilisation with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser during the growing season to promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage.



It is a hardy perennial in New Zealand and does not require special overwintering care. Simply ensure it is adequately watered before the winter season.



This ground cover is low-maintenance and typically does not require extensive pruning. You may trim it back in early spring to promote a denser growth habit.



Leptinella Platts Black can be propagated through division in the early spring or by seed, though division is the most common method.



This native New Zealand plant is well-suited for various garden applications. Use Leptinella Platts Black as a ground cover, in rock gardens, or to accentuate borders (eg stepping stones or natural borders). Its striking black foliage contrasts beautifully with other plants and makes it a perfect choice for adding interest to any landscape.


Diseases and Pests

Leptinella Platts Black is generally resistant to most common garden pests and diseases. However, like all plants, it may be susceptible to issues like aphids or slugs, which can be managed with appropriate pest control measures.



The charcoal/black colour of Leptinella Platts Black is hard to replicate, but it depends if colour or form is what you’re looking for. If it is colour, Ophiopogon Black Dragon can be used for similar effect. If it is form, Leptinella dioca has similar leaves but in green, or Acaena inermis purpurea for a purple look.


Plants to Pair With

If you're looking for companions to pair it with, consider plants like Thyme, Sedum, or anything with bright green leaves. These options complement the dark foliage and enhance the visual appeal of your garden.


Leptinella Platts Black is a unique and visually stunning ground cover plant. Its low-maintenance nature, coupled with its aesthetic appeal and versatility, makes it a must-have for any keen gardener. Embrace the beauty of native flora and add this captivating plant to your garden for a touch of natural elegance.

Leptinella Platts Black


    • Evergreen: Yes
    • Flower colour: Green
    • Mature size: 1m wide x 5-10cm tall
    • Temperature: Hardy once established
    • Light: Full sun preferred
    • Moisture: Well drained
    • Soil: Rich, acidic
    • Wind tolerance: Hardy


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