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Marsilea vestita

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Marsilea vestita
Marsilea vestita

Species Name: Marsilea vestita vestita
Common Name: Hairy Water Clover (Fern!)

Beautiful fern with shamrock-like leaves. Good ground cover for moist or wet areas. Spreads by creeping rhizomes. May become an annual in dry soils.

Plant Family: Marsileaceae
Plant Type: FERN
Height by Width: 6h
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Shade
Soil Preference: Any
Water Requirements: WET
Cold Hardy to: To 20 degrees F
Flower Season: NA
Flower Color: NA
Distribution: Wide distribution in CA
Natural Habitat: Creek beds, flood plains, edges of ponds and vernal pools

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