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Hygrophila difformis

Water wisteria

Hygrophila difformis

Water wisteria

  • Divided, freshly green leaves
  • Especially decorative in large tanks
  • Undemanding
  • Fast growing
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Description

Hygrophila difformis, the water wisteria, is an amphibious plant from waters in tropical Asia. For many years it is popular as a beautiful and undemanding aquarium plant. Its submerged shoots have lobed, freshly green leaves and become 6-12 cm wide and at least 30 cm tall.

This Hygrophila is easy to grow and also recommendable for beginners. However it is somewhat susceptible to micronutrient deficiency, indicated by pale leaves. Medium lighting is sufficient. It should be noted that the emersed (terrestrial) form of Hygrophila difformis differs much from the underwater form. After planting in the tank it develops the typical divided submerged foliage.

Hygrophila difformis is especially beautiful in the midground or background of large aquariums where it can create a distinctive group. With its fast growth, it is recommendable for newly started tanks where it can compete with algae.

Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.

Hygrophila difformis is a very beautiful plant, and has been in cultivation in the aquarium hobby for many years. It originates from South and South-East Asia, where it grows in boggy areas. In Asia the plant is used in traditional medicine.

There are only few plants easier to cultivate in an aquarium than this one. It grows well under moderate light, however, more intensive lighting benefits its health and overall volume. Lots of light, CO2 injection and a good nutrient supply lead to enormous growth rates.
This makes it a great plant for newly set-up tanks, as it can absorb large amounts of nutrients, thus helping to keep ammonium levels down.
Its pinnate leaves grow more refinedly under lots of light. Parameters like water hardness and the pH do not play an important role for H. difformis, and it also grows very fast in tanks with no CO2 injection. (read more)

Common names Water Wisteria, Wisteria
Synonyms Cardanthera triflora (Roxb.) Buch.-Ham. ex Voigt, Hygrophila triflora (Roxb.) Fosberg & Sachet, Ruellia difformis L. f., Ruellia triflora Roxb., Synnema triflorum Kuntze
Complete botanical name Hygróphila diffórmis (L. f.) Blume
Family Acanthaceae
Genus Hygrophila
Difficulty very easy
Usage Background
Growth fast
pH value 6 - 7
Temperature tolerance 18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 2 - 21°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Water Wisteria, Wisteria
Synonyms
Cardanthera triflora (Roxb.) Buch.-Ham. ex Voigt, Hygrophila triflora (Roxb.) Fosberg & Sachet, Ruellia difformis L. f., Ruellia triflora Roxb., Synnema triflorum Kuntze
Complete botanical name
Hygróphila diffórmis (L. f.) Blume
Family
Acanthaceae
Genus
Hygrophila
Difficulty
very easy
Usage
Background
Growth
fast
pH value
6 - 7
Temperature tolerance
18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
2 - 21°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

General information

Item no.
135.0380.00
EAN 8712001020827
Weight 0,10 kg
Shipping weight 0,10 kg

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