Hydrocotyle algida

Mountain Pennywort

Creeping moderately hairy mat-forming perennial herb, rooting at leaf nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyAraliaceae (revised from Apiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeprostrate x spreading
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesKidney-shaped erect green leaves 4-33 mm across with scalloped edges and 3-7 lobes, prominently veined above, paler below with sunken veins; hairy stalk 0.5-8 cm long.
  • Flower colourGreenish-white
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersTight round cluster to 3.5 mm wide of 10-15 shortly stalked tiny flowers, on a stalk 1-7 cm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatYes
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil amongst rocks, in moss or in moving water in subalpine woodlands. Snow tolerant. Partial to full shade.
  • Garden useGround cover for cool moist shady areas.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where it can be common. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Chris Clarke, NatureShare ©; 3 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

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