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Hydrocotyle is a common weed that is known as pennywort. This plant is a semi-aquatic perennial. They grow in many parts of the world including the United States. Pennywort can be found around bodies of water including ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams. Because it has a rich source of both water and nutrients pennywort is a prolific grower.

Pennywort Characteristics

Pennywort is a vine that can form a dense mat. It creeps on the ground and can cover a large area of land, including lawn areas that are near water. Pennywort is low growing and will shade out any plant that it grows over. The leaves of pennywort are small and simple. Leaves can be round-shaped or flat at the top. The flowers of the plant are also flat-topped and are simple in their appearance. This plant can reproduce in two different ways. It can spread by seeds or by sending roots from the main stems. Pennywort is very fast growing and can cover a lot of ground quickly. This is one reason it is considered a major weed, and many people dread the thought of having it growing on their property.

Properly Controlling Pennywort

This weed needs to be controlled by proper lawn maintenance. Spraying the plant with herbicides is one recommended weed control method, but care should be taken around bodies of water. It is best to contact a professional lawn service when dealing with this plant to ensure everyone’s safety. With recommended lawn care and the right amount of proactive treatment, pennywort can safely be controlled. Areas that are greatly affected by this weed are golf courses because of their water hazards. Farmland that is surrounded by ponds and lakes also has problems dealing with pennywort.