Water Pennywort

Biological Name:

Hydrocotyle umbellata (Water-Pennywort)

Natural Habitat:

Water-Pennywort is a type of aquatic plant that is native to wetlands, streams, and ponds in temperate regions of the world, such as Europe and North America. It is commonly found in areas with shallow water and a muddy or sandy bottom.


Water-Pennywort is a perennial herb that is native to North America. It has small white flowers and round flat leaves with penny-like indentations on their surface. It is often found in wetland areas and is used in traditional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can Pennywort grow in water only?
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: Can Pennywort be a floating plant?
A: It can be kept as either a rooted plant or floating plant. As a rooted plant, Brazilian Pennywort can be used in the midground or background. Some hobbyists even keep it in the foreground. When the plant is rooted, it will grow as a stem plant up toward the water surface and light source.

Q: Is Water Pennywort edible?
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. Pennywort offers little to no aroma and has fresh herbal quality on the palate with notes of wheat grass, parsley and cucumber.

Q: Does Pennywort plant need sunlight?
A: Indian Pennywort requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive U0001f4aa.

Q: Can I put Pennywort in aquarium?
A: Brazilian pennywort is a versatile and unique plant that will draw eyes to any aquarium. It has flat, rounded leaves that almost look like little umbrellas when growing underwater. Over time, it will grow upwards toward the light and will send out light green leaves from its vine-like stems as it grows along.

Q: Is water pennywort invasive?
A: It invades freshwater lakes, reservoirs, ponds, marshes and slow-flowing streams and rivers making boating, fishing and almost all other water activities difficult.

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

Q: What are the benefits of Pennywort?
A: Gotu kola has been used for antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and memory-enhancing properties. It is widely sold as a dietary supplement in capsule, powder, tincture, and topical formulations. Gotu kola is also known as marsh penny and Indian pennywort.

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: 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: Is pennywort healthy to drink?
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 often do you water pennywort?
A: Marsh Pennywort needs 0.8 cups of water every 7 days when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5.0″ pot. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.”

Q: What kills Pennywort?
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: 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: Can Pennywort grow in low light?
A: Brazilian Pennywort (Hydrocotyle Leucocephala) The plant can grow extremely quickly under high light and nitrogen conditions, but is also adaptable to growing at a slower pace under low light conditions. While it prefers warmer water temperatures, it also tolerates relatively cold tropical freshwater tanks.

Q: Why is my Pennywort leaves turning yellow?
A: Its leaves turning yellow at the edges are a sure sign of iron deficiency, which can easily be remedied by adding an iron fertiliser to the water, though. Even though it does well under not-quite-ok conditions, it displays its full potential under sufficient light, CO2 injection and a good nutrient supply.

Q: Does Pennywort need fertilizer?
A: Whorled Pennywort should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

Q: Does Pennywort need water?
A: Brazilian Pennywort can be the optimal choice to decorate your tank with. It comes with numerous benefits of versatility, ease, and low maintenance. All it needs is enough lighting, nutrient-rich water, and trimming to ensure long-term sustainable growth.

Q: How long does pennywort drink last?
A: How long can I store the Pennywort Drink for? If kept in the fridge, it can stay fresh for up to 3 days.

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.