Known as water pennywort, Genus Hydreocotyle a member of the ivy family, is a small perennial not reaching 10 inches in height, with round leaves, called basal and flowers that grow on stalks separately.
The flower is white to a green-white, are very small and simple and forms dense mats as they grow in your pond.
This plant also goes by the name of Bachelor's Buttons, Penny Grass, Hipwort and Corn-leaves for its ancient use in easing the pain of corns.
The plant provides shelter for all forms of invertebrates, which in turn, feed the fish and other wildlife. The seed can be food for waterfowl.
The stem is pale green, thick and fleshy and can float on the water, growing into the thick mat mentioned above. Butterflies like the flowers.
Many herbalists call this plant a fine tonic, appearing to aid in digestion and the metabolic process.
According to the Sinhalese and other natives of India, the leaves are brain food, keeping the brain from the inevitable degeneration.
The belief is that it will help your life span by as much as 50 years.
In warmer climates, the plant prospers and is almost difficult to eradicate.
It takes over marshy areas and areas of poor drainage where plants such as Gardenia, Hibiscus and Citrus cannot dwell.
Care must be taken when using this plant if you live in a warm climate.