Marsh Pennywort

Biological Name:

Marsh-Pennywort – Hydrocotyle americana

Natural Habitat:

The natural habitat of Marsh-Pennywort is likely wetland areas, such as marshes and swamps, in a variety of geographic regions.


Marsh-pennywort is a type of flowering plant that is commonly found in fields and other grassy areas. It is a member of the Araliaceae family which also includes plants such as ivy and English ivy. Marsh-pennywort is an annual or perennial plant that produces small white or green flowers and clusters of seeds. The plant is often used as a cover crop to improve soil health and suppress weeds. It is also known for its ability to tolerate a wide range of growing conditions including wet or dry soils. In some areas marsh-pennywort is considered a weed because of its ability to invade cultivated areas and cause allergies and other health problems.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is marsh pennywort invasive?
A: Description: Native to North America but displays many invasive characteristics. Habit: Extremely fast growing floating aquatic plant, can grow up to 20 cm per day and 15 m from the bank in a single season and can double its biomass in 3-7 days.

Q: Is Pennywort good for ponds?
A: Popular as a foreground plant, Water Pennywort can be used as a marginal aquatic and is suitable for garden ponds. A vigorous performer, it quickly hides the pond edge. The seeds are used occasionally as food by waterfowl.

Q: How do I get rid of Pennywort in my pond?
A: Bispyribac (Rated: Good)Diquat (Rated: Good)Flumioxazin (Rated: Good)Glyphosate (Rated: Good)Imazapyr (Rated: Excellent)Penoxsulam (Rated: Good)Triclopyr (Rated: Excellent)2,4-D (Rated: Excellent)

Q: Is pennywort an oxygenator?
A: Hydrocotyle nova zealand (miniature pennywort) is a pretty creeping plant or oxygenator with lobed circular leaves.

Q: What is Pennywort good for?
A: Pennywort Juice is loaded with vitamins and minerals: B, K, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. From an Asian medicine perspective, Pennywort has cooling properties helping the body to balance heat. Pennywort Juice is also believed to have many therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

Q: How do you maintain pennywort?
A: Aquarium pH: 6.0 – 7.8.Water Temperature: 68 – 82 degrees Fahrenheit.Tank Size: Any, but the plant can grow fast and take over quickly.

Q: How do you take care of a pennywort plant?
A: About Marsh Pennywort They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window. Marsh Pennywort likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn’t need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Q: How do you grow a marsh pennywort?
A: Sun: Direct & Indirect. They enjoy some direct sun, but they’ll also do well in bright, indirect light. … Light: Medium. … Water: Keep evenly moist. … Humidity: Medium. … You can feel comfortable having this plant around your home in the potential case where your pet feels like nibbling on it.

Q: Does Pennywort need sunlight?
A: Brazilian Pennywort can thrive in medium intensity lighting, but if there is more lighting, that’s even better. The absence of enough light will dampen the maximum growth of Brazilian Pennywort.

Q: Can Pennywort be eaten raw?
A: Applications. Pennywort is most often sold as juice, but the leaves may also be eaten raw, dried, sautéed, or pickled.

Q: Can you grow Pennywort in water?
A: The new floating pennywort plants will root freely approximately every 3-10 cm (1.2-4 in.) in the water or grow freely on the surface. Floating pennywort’s highly effective propagation strategy is one reason that it can quickly and easily become invasive and overrun an aquatic environment in a short span of time.

Q: Is Pennywort a perennial?
A: Pennywort is a perennial broadleaf plant with creeping underground stems. One species, lawn pennywort, Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, is found in the South Coast of California to about 1100 feet (330 m).

Q: Is pennywort toxic?
A: Stems, leaves and roots are all edible. When foraging Pennywort be sure that you are collecting specimens from a clean water source, and thoroughly wash leaves before consuming.

Q: What is pennywort plant good for?

Q: What animal eats Pennywort?
A: Adult weevils feed on the leaves of floating pennywort and females lay eggs into their stalks. The larvae then eat into the stems of the plant, reducing its ability to grow and spread further.

Q: Does Pennywort need full sun?
A: Water Pennywort often forms large dense colonies of plants in muddy soil or shallow water. Cultivation: The preference is full sun to light shade, wet conditions, and mucky soil or shallow water (slow-moving or stagnant).

Q: Is Pennywort easy to grow?
A: This plant is easy to care for and does very well in a medium to higher light tank. Once it takes off, Brazilian pennywort will add tons of hiding places for fish and fry with its big leaves and may even grow right out the top of your tank if left untrimmed.

Q: Does Pennywort grow fast?
A: Growth Rate: Pennywort can be a fast growing plant in both low light, low tech tanks, as well as in more sophisticated setups.

Q: Is Manyflower marsh pennywort edible?
A: It can also be found growing as an introduced species and sometimes a noxious weed on other continents. It is an edible weed that can be used in salads or as a pot herb.

Q: Can you drink pennywort?
A: But when made into a Pennywort Drink, you’ll taste a slight grassiness that can be quite bitter when not balanced by a sweetener. It’s mildly slimy, often unnoticeable when blended with water and ice. The leafy green can be enjoyed as a sweet beverage or cooked in a stock to be eaten as part of a savory soup.

Q: Is pennywort a medicinal plant?
A: Commonly known as mandukparni or Indian pennywort or jalbrahmi, it has been used as a medicine in the Ayurvedic tradition of India for thousands of years and listed in the historic ‘Sushruta Samhita’, an ancient Indian medical text[6,7].

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.