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Common Name: Pennywort
Hydrocotyle vulgaris is a Perennial up to 0.10 metres tall.
It has edible uses.
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa, Greece and the Caspian Sea.
Bogs, fens and marshes, usually on acid soils[
Requires a permanently moist position in sun or light shade[
Plants can be very invasive, though they are fairly easy to control by pulling out the rooted stems[
Leaves - cooked. A strong carroty taste[
], they cannot be eaten in quantity[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing it in early spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
If you have sufficient seed it would probably be worthwhile sowing the seed outdoors in situ in the spring.
Division of rooted runners. Probably best done in spring but can be done at any time in the growing season if the plants are kept moist.