- Approximate leaf spread: 30cm (12 inches)
- Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 5 - 15 cm (2 - 6 inches)
- Flower: None
- Supplied in the 9cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on using a 1 - 2 litre pot
This extremely rare pond plant produces attractive glossy leaves which float on the water's surface like those of a small waterlily. These leaves reach up to 1½ inches across and have delicate two-tone markings, which are particularly striking on mature leaves. Although it looks just like a four-leaf clover, Marsilea mutica is actually an aquatic fern. It thrives in warm shallow water and spreads slowly, making it suitable for small ponds and especially tub gardens in sunny spots. Contrary to popular belief, the plant is fully hardy in UK ponds: Marsilea mutica has been grown here at the nursery in East Anglia in small free-standing tubs for over 25 years with no protection whatsoever from frost or snow and always survives (the third picture shows the plant in January).
If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 1 Marsilea mutica plant per square foot of water surface. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.