The Marsilea crenata is a very hardy aquatic plant that can tolerate and grow in a wide variety of water and temperature conditions. With extra care, they can be used to create a thick green carpet. The shape of the leaf adds to the beauty of the plant, which in turn increases the aesthetic look of the aquarium.

Marsilea crenata Plant overview

Common Name

The plant is commonly known by the leaf shape as Dwarf four clover leaf plant.
Color This aquatic plant has green colored four clove leaves.


They were originally found in Southeast Asia, found especially in the rice fields. The leaves can be found floating in deep water, standing erect on land or in shallow waters.

Average Size

The leaves are small and barely reach a size of 0.5 cm. But they are capable of forming a thick carpet layer that is about 1 – 3 cm in height.

Growth Rate

The Marsilea crenata plant has a medium growth rate as compared to other aquatic plants.


You can use it as a foreground aquatic plant as it can form a beautiful thick carpet that adds to the aesthetic look of your tank.


To maintain uniform growth and create the desired effect, trim the plant regularly. A pair of tweezers can be used to trim.

Planting Methods

Divide the plant into smaller clumps and then plant them in the substrate using tweezers to avoid damage. Further, quarantine the plant depending on the place and condition in which you obtain the plant.

Ideal Setup

This foreground plant requires a good substrate such as sandy soil or clay soil to hold them in place. The plant can tolerate a wide range of temperature, pH values, and nutrient levels.

Care Level

Marsilea crenata doesn’t require much care as it is known to be a hardy plant.
Supplements The plant does not require any special fertilizers. But the addition of fertilizers results in better growth. CO2 of less than 6mg/ L is sufficient for the growth of the plant.


The plant can grow under very poor lighting conditions as well. Good lighting conditions can help in creating a thick green carpet layer. It requires 0.5 W/L.

Water temperature

Toleration of high temperatures is what makes this plant a hardy one. The ideal pH value of the water is between 6 and 7.5.


Runners and offshoots are formed, which can later grow as mature plants even if left unattended.

Approximate Cost

The plant is available for a price of approximately 7 US dollars for a clump.

Common Diseases

The plant grows in very tough conditions. But in an extremely bad environment, the plants can lose their hardiness and start to die.

What to look for when buying

Make sure that the leaves are green in color without any spots and that they have healthy roots.

Related Species

Marsilea crotophora