Marsilea vestita

Hairy Water Clover Fern

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Item #: 3249

Zones: 5a to 10b, at least


Height: 6" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

Forget everything you know about ferns, as this one looks exactly like a four leaf clover instead of a fern. Although it is a southern and southwest US native around ponds and ditches, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear some genetic engineers had been dabbling where they didn't belong. In spring, this tough easy to grow deciduous fern (evergreen from zone 7 south), gives rise to 6" tall fronds that unfurl to a green clover leaf. This gorgeous spreading fern makes a nice mat in moist to rather dry sites... sun or shade!