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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Centella cordifolia
synonym:   Hydrocotyle cordifolia
Common Name:swamp pennywort
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Used as a medicinal herb for arthritis and rheumatism.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Wet, Boggy, Poorly Drained
1-2 m wide
Foliage:Round to heart-shaped light green leaves with scalloped edges 0.5-4 cm x 0.6-5 cm on stalks 1-20 cm long.
Flowers:Clusters of tiny white to pink flowers on stalks to 4 cm long, August-January
Creeping perennial herb, rooting at leaf nodes. May become invasive. Frog habitat. Plant in boggy areas and beside pools as a matting plant.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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