Herb: Pennywort


Latin name: Hydrocotyle vulgaris


Family: Umbelliferae



Edible parts of Pennywort:

Leaves - cooked. A strong carroty taste, they cannot be eaten in quantity.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
10 cm
(4 inches)

Flovering:
June to
August

Habitat of the herb:

Bogs, fens and marshes, usually on acid soils.

Propagation of Pennywort:

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.

Cultivation of the herb:

Bogs, fens and marshes, usually on acid soils.

Medicinal use of Pennywort:

None known

Known hazards of Hydrocotyle vulgaris:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.