Hydrocotyle umbellata - Dollarweed
Family Apiaceae (syn. Umbelliferae)
Over one hundred species of Hydrocotyle are native around the world. They are low, spreading
herbaceous plants. This species has unusual leaves that are round with the
stalk attached to the center of the leaf, somewhat like an umbrella. To
botanists, this is a peltate leaf. Small white flowers are held in spherical
clusters at the top of a short stem. The flower stalks within the cluster are
bonariensis is another weedy native dollarweed in northeast Florida. Its flower
spike is also spherical but a close look shows that the tiny flower stalks in
the cluster are branched.
This plant is common in irrigated landscape areas and along waterways throughout campus.
Herbaceous perennial to about eight inches tall if undisturbed.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: moderately drought tolerant, grows rapidly in a moist situation, tolerates periodic flooding
Soil: adaptable to a wide pH range
This native plant is treated as a weed through most of
The round leaves stand out in sharp contrast to turf grass. It is very
aggressive in irrigated, fertilized lawns and gardens. It spreads by
underground shoots. It is difficult to control this plant by pulling or