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Physostegia purpurea

Eastern False Dragonhead

Physostegia purpurea

Eastern False Dragonhead

  • Low rosette plant from North America
  • Medium green leaves
  • Also for cold water aquariums
  • Develops pretty flowers as emersed plant
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Description

Physostegia purpurea is rather little known in the aquarium hobby. The Eastern False Dragonhead is a swamp plant from the southeastern USA that is able to grow above and under water. It forms an about 10 cm high rosette of elongate stalked leaves under aquarium conditions. In its terrestrial form, it develops up to 1 m tall flowering shoots with opposite leaves and pretty intensely red-violet flowers.

This plant is not very demanding, however CO2 addition and a nutrient-rich substrate are recommendable. It tolerates cold water far below 20 °C; higher temperatures above 25 °C are unfavourable. The growth is rather slow. Adventitious plantlets appear on detached leaves as well as on flowering shoots.

The Eastern False Dragonhead fits well into the foreground to midground with its low rosette-like growth. It is an appropriate plant for North America-themed aquariums and is also interesting as emersed plant for paludariums and Wabi-Kusa.

Although cultivated for a long time, Physostegia purpurea is little known in the aquarium hobby. The Eastern false dragonhead is a perennial swamp plant from the southeastern USA that is able to grow emersed and submerged. It occurs in open, acid habitats such as wet pine savannas. Under aquarium conditions, it develops an about 10 cm high rosette of elongate stalked leaves. The emersed form develops up to about 1 m tall flowering shoots with opposite leaves. Pretty intensely red-violet flowers appear in spike-like inflorescences. They reveal its relationship to the Obedient plant or Virginia Lions-heart, Physostegia virginiana, likewise native to North America and a popular winter-hardy garden perennial in Europe.

Synonyms Prasium purpureum Walter
Complete botanical name Physostégia purpúrea (Walter) S.F.Blake
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Physostegia
Difficulty easy
Usage Midground, Foreground, group
Growth very slow
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 4 - 25°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Runners, Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Prasium purpureum Walter
Complete botanical name
Physostégia purpúrea (Walter) S.F.Blake
Family
Lamiaceae
Genus
Physostegia
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Midground, Foreground, group
Growth
very slow
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
4 - 25°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Runners, Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

General information

Item no.
135.0591.00
EAN
Weight 0,05 kg
Shipping weight 0,05 kg

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