Water Clover

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WATER CLOVER, Large-foot pepperwort Marsilea macropoda - Marsileaceae, Pepperwort Family

DESCRIPTION: Evergreen, herbaceous perennial ground cover
Height: To 8 inches
Flowers: None
Fruit: None
Foliage: A soft gray-green, four-leaf-clover
shaped leaf , 1 inch wide
Growth rate: Fast

Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Sandy or clay soils
Drainage: Good to poor
Water: Wet to dry
Maintenance: Medium: can grow out of bounds easily
Propagation: Root division

NATIVE HABITAT: Swamps, marshes, woodland, bogs, roadsides, resaca banks, ponds, and drainage ditches

WILDLIFE USE: Browse for deer, javelina, and feral pigs. Bobwhite quail eat leaves.

COMMENTS: Water clover adapts well to dry land but looks best in moist or wet areas. It's an aggressive spreader, so place it where you can control its growth. Perfect for enclosed beds, where a tough evergreen ground cover is needed. Only during extreme cold or drought will the foliage dry up and disappear; but when it warms up, and the rains resume, it springs back.

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