Plant ID forum: Help identify a leafy ground cover.

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Niagara County, New York
Jewelianne
Sep 25, 2017 6:24 PM CST
I have a very wet section behind my house that is 85% shaded (full shade from morning until late into the afternoon) I have a fairly large and beautiful patch of moss that has been growing here for a couple years and this year I added shepherds hooks with Fuschias hanging over the moss as well. I feed my Fuschia plants miracle grow for blooms once a week and started giving some to my moss to see what would happen. First, I had a very fine Angel hair like green growth with the moss that I fell in love with but it was soon replaced with this leafy green on top of the moss and I absolutely love this too and want to know what it is so if I decide to use it again I can. I have found leaves similar but just not close enough...it has a reflective surface, no flowers have appeared with it (the flowers in the photo on the ground are from my Fuschias), I UPROOTED ONE so you can see how it grows. I don't detect any smell, flavor, or aroma from it. This photo was taken in Niagara County New York USA
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DaisyI
Sep 25, 2017 10:32 PM CST
I wonder if its a Bryophyte...
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Silversurfer
Sep 26, 2017 2:28 AM CST
Possibly shiney leaf geranium. Geranium lucidum.
Finding flowers would be helpful.

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purpleinopp
Sep 26, 2017 9:51 AM CST
If each leaf connects directly to the roots, it may be some kind of Hydrocotyle:
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Niagara County, New York
Jewelianne
Sep 26, 2017 10:01 AM CST
Silversurfer said:Possibly shiney leaf geranium. Geranium luciq=Geranium+lucidum.&rlz=1C1GNAM_en-GBGB687GB687&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-q-uZt8LWAhUpCMAKHaXiDpQQ_AUICigB&biw=1536&bih=759


I have had these growing for awhile now but never have seen any flowers on or around them. Also Geraniums don't like soggy soil and my area is wet and soggy and these green plants are constantly getting drenched from me watering the Fuschias daily on top of that and these green plants are thriving.
Niagara County, New York
Jewelianne
Sep 26, 2017 10:24 AM CST
purpleinopp said:If each leaf connects directly to the roots, it may be some kind of Hydrocotyle:


Thank you for your post...Solved, it is a Hydrocotyle Tripartita 'Japan' it is pond plant, that tells you how wet my back yard is.
I am just so glad to finally know what it is because I love it so much. Thank you again.
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purpleinopp
Sep 27, 2017 4:42 AM CST
Happy to try to help your investigation! Yes, Hydrocotyle plants are known to be found in moist places, some are completely aquatic. Your plant looks so much like the Hydrocotyle that can show up here, but with more scalloped edges. It may not be correct to attach the cultivar name 'Japan' to your plant. Generally, cultivars must be purchased, and plain species just show up.
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