Hydrocotyle muscosa

Mossy Pennywort

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

Additional information

  • FamilyAraliaceae (revised from Apiaceae)
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizeto 20 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesErect shiny palm-like leaves 3-12 mm across divided into 5 narrow wedge-shaped segments, entire or 3-toothed on ends, hairless or few hairs above, hairier below; few hairs on short stalk.
  • Flower colourDark purple-red
  • Flowering timeSeptember to March
  • FlowersTight round cluster 2-3 mm wide of 3-4 tiny flowers, on a stalk 3-5 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet swampy soil by water areas. Semi shade.
  • Garden useGround cover in moist areas.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from Lysterfield area only. Scattered outside the Shire.
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