Pilea fontana
(Lesser Clearweed)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Lesser Clearweed, Black-Fruited Clearweed, Bog Clearweed
    Synonyms: Adicea fontana, Pilea opaca
      Lifespan: Annual
      Zones: N/A
      Type: Forb
      Bloom Time: July - September
      Status: Native

    Pilea fontana, or Lesser Clearweed, is native to much of the eastern half of the United States. It is a recently discovered species, and was most likely mistaken for Pilea pumila until recently, and it is likely it has a very similar range to that, even if not yet reported. It is an annual that grows on lake margins, swamps, marshes, fens, in seeps and on river and stream banks. It blooms from mid summer into fall, with very small green flowers.

    This plant looks similar to some other members of the genus. More information will be posted at a later time about differentiating other species.

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