Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Marsh Pennywort

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Marsh Pennywort.

Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week - Marsh Pennywort.

This week's Isles of Scilly Wildflower Of The Week was Marsh Pennywort - Hydrocotyle Vulgaris.

Marsh Pennywort is found in damp places on all the inhabited islands. The pinkish green tiny flowers grow and hide under the leaves. The fruit is round. I was very pleased the first time I lifted some leaves on a plant near the main hide on Lower Moors and there was a flower. Marsh Pennywort is a European and North Africa plant and is self fertile.

The botanical name, Hydrocotyle Vulgaris, means a common plant that is found in water and looks a bit like a cup. The leaves when cooked are edible and are supposed to taste like carrot. They cannot be eaten in quantity and they can become toxic if in a polluted or weedkiller treated area. As always do not eat anything unless you know what you are doing.

A common name is Fairy Table. There are lots of other common names with the word rot in them as they were thought to cause foot rot in sheep. It was actually liver fluke that was the problem.

You can listen to Liz's Wildflower Of The Week below and Liz will have a brand new Wildflower for you next Wednesday at 10:30am.