AS I DRAW the foxglove amongst the periwinkle, buttercup and hogweed leaves by the
pond, a frog makes its way across the pond pausing to rest on the leaves of floating
Floating pennywort, Hydrocotyle ranunculoides, is a North American plant, first recorded
in this country in 1990. It’s spread along the canal in great rafts with white spaghetti-like
roots hanging below it. Narrowboat people tell me that when it drifts into a lock
it’s difficult to move the gates because of the plant’s bulk and weight.
I need to clear it from my pond and replace it with a native floating plant such