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Marsilea mutica 'Variegata'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
mar-SIL-ee-uh mu-tee-ka vair-ee-ah-GAY-ta
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

The folage on this specimen resembles a four-leaf clover. It is a highly invasive water plant that spreads by vigorous rhizomes and grows in moist soil or shallow water up to 3' deep. To control the spread, plant in a 1-gallon container. Likes sun to partial shade.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#water garden#container plant#weedy#clover leaves#showy leaves#pond#bog
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#invasive#water garden#container plant#weedy#clover leaves#showy leaves#pond#bog
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Marsilea
    Species:
    mutica
    Family:
    Marsileaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North & Eastern Australia, New Caledonia
    Distribution:
    Naturalized in North America
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 4 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Water Plant
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Grown for foliage
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are shaped like a four-leaf clover and are greenish-yellow to brown patterned leaves which usually float on the water surface.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Problems:
    Invasive Species
    Weedy