Plant DetailShow Menu

Marsilea mutica 'Variegata'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
mar-SIL-ee-uh mu-tee-ka vair-ee-ah-GAY-ta
Description

The foliage on this specimen resembles a four-leaf clover but has a red to brown arching stripe on the leaves. It is a highly aggressive water plant that spreads by vigorous rhizomes and grows in moist soil or shallow water up to 3' deep. Place it in full sun to partial shade. It likes wet feet so plant it in a water garden or pond, or use it in a rain or cottage style garden.  To manage the spread, plant in a 1-gallon container.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#container plant#weedy#clover leaves#showy leaves#cottage garden#interesting leaves#high maintenance#water plant#wet sites#fast growing#bog#agressive#wet soil intolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#container plant#weedy#clover leaves#showy leaves#cottage garden#interesting leaves#high maintenance#water plant#wet sites#fast growing#bog#agressive#wet soil intolerant
  • 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
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    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:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    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:
    Cottage Garden
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Weedy