Dwarf Four Leaf Clover (Marsilea Hirsuta) Potted Plant


Dwarf Four Leaf Clover (Marsilea Hirsuta) is actually a tiny creeping fern, though its leaf shape might make you think otherwise. In its immersed form, it has leaves resembling a four leafed clover. Marsilea species are very difficult to determine, except by examining the sporocarps (fruiting bodies) on immersed plants. 

Under water, it usually reverts to a single, small, spoon-shaped leaf, though the occasional “four leaf clover” may pop up. This species is the best choice for the aquarist who would like to experience a “lawn” in a an aquarium without supplemental CO2 or strong lighting. While not a fast grower, it will slowly and steadily fill in, even under quite modest conditions. It also works well when planted along with a higher light option in areas where you would like the ground cover to extend back into shadowy areas of the tank.