Hydrocotyle umbellata, native to North America, makes an attractive and low-growing addition to any landscape or pond. This small plant typically grows 2-5 ft in height and features a groundcover reach of 2 ft. The umbrella shaped leaves, which are medium to dark green in color and reach up to 1-inch in length, give the plant a particularly beautiful look and texture.
This plant thrives in full sun or semi-shade environments and is ideal for both bog and aquatic zones. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-10 and can survive in colder climates as long as proper care is given. To ensure the best growing conditions, it is important to keep the soil consistently moist.
Hydrocotyle umbellata produces small white and off-white flowers in the late summer and early fall. Pollinating insects, including butterflies and bees, are attracted to the blooms. While the foliage is non-irritating and safe to touch, the plant can produce a mild nausea if ingested.
In colder climates, it is important to give Hydrocotyle umbellata special care when growing it in a pot. The soil should be kept moist and the roots should not be allowed to become waterlogged. For best results, move the pot indoors for the winter. It is also important to shelter the plant from strong winds and frost. By following the proper care guidelines, this plant can be enjoyed for many years to come.