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.

Identification difficulty

Aquatic weed that spreads out horizontally forming dense mats in shallow water, mud, or in marshes.

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 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads.

It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map