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Pilularia globulifera (Pillwort)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Pilularia globulifera

Other names

Pillwort

Genus

Pilularia Pilularia

Species

P. globulifera - P. globulifera is a tiny type of creeping fern with thin, grass-like leaves, often growing with water grasses or small rushes. The ‘pills’ are tiny round spore cases at the bases of the stems.


Pilularia globulifera is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Pilularia globulifera (Pillwort) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Bog garden, Low Maintenance, Waterside

Cultivation

Plant in wet, fertile soil in sun. Ideal at the waters edge in shallow water. An internationally threatened species, it is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Pilularia globulifera

Other names

Pillwort

Genus

Pilularia Pilularia

Species

P. globulifera - P. globulifera is a tiny type of creeping fern with thin, grass-like leaves, often growing with water grasses or small rushes. The ‘pills’ are tiny round spore cases at the bases of the stems.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Foliage

Green in All seasons

General care

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Pilularia globulifera (Pillwort) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Bog garden, Low Maintenance, Waterside

Cultivation

Plant in wet, fertile soil in sun. Ideal at the waters edge in shallow water. An internationally threatened species, it is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Boggy damp conditions, Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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