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Products > Marsilea schelpeana
 
Marsilea schelpeana - Small Leafed Water Clover

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Fern
Family: Marsileaceae (Water-clovers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Synonyms: [M. crenata, Hort]
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Aquatic
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Marsilea schelpeana (Aquatic) (Small Leafed Water Clover) - The Marsilea's clover-like leaves have four wedge-shaped leaflets that are deeply lobed one or two times. The leaf petioles can range from 4 inches to 1 foot long; they take some shade, but the petioles grow longer in sunny locations and will rise out of the water several inches. The amphibious fruiting bodies which hold the spores are attached at the leaf buds. The plant also spreads through runners. Plant in saturated soil to 9" under water. It is hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. Our thanks to Barbara Joe Hoshizaki for helping us identify this plant that we received as Marsilea crenata.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted on this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in the nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Marsilea schelpeana.
 
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