|Hydrocotyle umbellata - Manyflower Marshpennywort|
Florida native Hydrocotyle umbellata (hi-droh-KOT-ih-lee um-bell-
| Hydrocotyle umbellata -|
Another benefit of Marshpennywort is its edibility. However, as with any edible wild plant, caution is advised. Never eat anything unless you are absolutely certain you know what it is. Marshpennywort has a high water uptake that makes it more susceptible to the absorption of toxic pollutants from herbicides, pesticides, whatever is lurking in the soil, and tainted water runoff. Be sure you are cultivating from clean areas. We don't bother to eat ours as many dogs pass by this area to do their business and because of road pollutants that might have washed up into the yard. For more information, visit Eat the Weeds HERE.
The lesson here is that we should ease up on what we think is a "weed" and give our landscapes and lawns a little more freedom and allow for diversity. In the right landscape situation, Marshpennywort can be a beautiful addition. Let Marshpennywort intermingle with other native ground covers such as Phyla nodiflora (Turkey Tangle Frogfruit), Mimosa strigillosa (Sunshine mimosa) or Bacopa monnieri (Herb-of-Grace).