Marsh Pennywort - Hydrocotyle vulgaris


Leaves are peltate, having a roughly circular shape and frequently a comparatively long petiole. The flower stems are shorter than the petioles and bare tiny, pinkish flowers.

Similar Species

The leaves are similar to Navelwort but this found in much dryer habitats such as walls and quarries.

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Marshland, wet grassland, bogs, fens and lake margins

When to see it

Flowers June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the Flora of Leicestershire (Primavesi and Evans 1988) it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads, and and in the Flora of Rutland (Messenger 1971) in 2 tetrads. Recent records are from Charnwood Forest only. 

It is listed on the current VC55 Rare Plant Register (Hall and Woodward 2022) as Locally Scarce (i.e. present in 4-10 sites)

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
White-Rot, Marsh Pennywort
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
01/09/2012 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
25/08/2023 (Willis, Jill)

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