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Common Name: Water Mat
Chrysosplenium americanum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.10 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Central and Western N. America - Quebec to Minnesota, south to Nova Scotia and Montana.
] in springheads, rills and cold wet places[
|Pollinators||Beetles, Flies, Self
Succeeds in most soils if they are moist. Requires a constantly wet but well-drained soil[
]. Prefers acid soils[
]. Prefers a shady position, succeeding in woodland.
Used as a spice in salads[
The plants creeping habit makes it a good ground cover for the bog garden[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame. Stand the pot in 2cm of water. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a tray of water in the cold frame for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring.