Water Clover

Water Clover
Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
Water Clover Marsilea mutica
Water Clover Marsilea mutica
Water Clover

Though it resembles four-leaf clover, water clover is botanically classified as a fern because it produces spores. Water clover grows in mud at the edge of a pond or will grow submerged in several inches of water. Water clover is easy to grow and spreads quickly. Because of its quick spread, it should be grown with caution. It some areas it is difficult to eradicate after it is established. Know the regulations regarding growing water clover in your area. For instance, water clover is banned from sale in Oklahoma.

genus name
  • Marsilea mutica
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Under 6 inches
  • Can spread indefinitely
foliage color
problem solvers
special features
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

Growing Water Clover

Water clover is exceptionally easy to grow, making it an excellent water garden plant for first time gardeners. Grow it in a dish water garden and enjoy its cheerful four-leaf-clover leaves up close. It also grows well in quiet streams and ponds alongside water lilies and lotus. Plant it in the mud at the edge of a stream or pond where it will add welcome color and texture to the water surface.

Water Clover Care

Water clover grows well in full sun or part shade. A tolerant water plant, it grows in boggy soil at the edge of a pond or stream, or in a marsh. It also grows submerged in water up to 18 inches deep. If water clover begins to cover the surface of the pond, take measures to limit its growth, preventing oxygen depletion and fish kill. Water clover can be removed by raking it from the pond or stream surface. More aggressive measures include the use of herbicides. Read and follow product labels carefully when using herbicides


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