genchan
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Pennywort - what's the difference?

I have been wondering what's the difference of these two types of pennywort:

1. Hydrocotyle verticillata/vulgaris
[img]https://www.enery.com/UserFiles/Image/Hydrocotyle-verticillata.jpg[/img]

2. Cantella asiatica
[img]https://windward.hawaii.edu/Plant_Biotechnology/Images_Plant_ID/Plant_Pohe_Kula.jpg[/img]

I understand that pennywort is a medicinal herb plant. But are both types medicinal herb? They look a like - roundish - but slightly different in shape.

thanrose
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Location: Jacksonville, FLZone 9A

I don't know of a particular use for Hydrocotyle verticillata, which I would call in common local terms "pennywort." I have composted it, but that's about it.

The other, Centella asiatica is also known as gotu kola. Both grow easily in my yard without any assistance or introduction by me. I don't actively use this one either.

I understand it comes in handy if you happen to have leprosy. Just sayin.

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