Marsh Pennywort

Latin Name:

Hydrocotyle vulgaris

Manx Name:

Lus yn ouw


June - August

Locations where this species is found:
Ballaugh Curraghs Niarbyl Calf of Man Ayres

These plants can be found in large patches in wet, boggy areas, even near the coast.

This is not the same plant as the Asian "marsh pennywort", which is Centella asiatica. Little information is available regarding the edibility of Hydrocotyle vulgaris, but some sources list it as edible in small quantities.

The Manx name for this plant is "Lus yn ouw", which means "Plant of liver flukes", drawing attention to the fact that this plant should not be eaten raw as there is a risk that liver flukes are present in their habitat.
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