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Pogostemon erectus

Pogostemon erectus

  • Needle-like narrow leaves
  • Dense foliage
  • Upright growth habit
  • Forms a compact group
  • Nice light green colour
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Description

Pogostemon erectus, a species from India, differs very much from the standard Pogostemon species in the aquarium hobby. This plant was erroneously imported as Rotala verticillaris, and later on correctly identified by means of its flowers. The light green needle-like narrow leaves grow densely on the stems. The plant is especially beautiful when planted in dense groups in the middle or background. When provided with good light (at least 0.5 W/litre), the addition of CO2 and regular fertilisation, this Pogostemon is not especially difficult in cultivation. When cultivated emerged, beautiful candle-like flower spikes with a characteristic smell will form when the plant gets sufficient light.

Pogostemon erectus was originally collected for aquaristical purposes in the western Indian state Maharashtra, and it was presented under the erronous name "Rotala verticillaris". During the last years it has been used in many aquaria - mainly in the USA, but increasingly in Europe, too. At first glance, it looks a lot like Rotala verticillaris and some varieties of R. mexicana, however, its submersed growth differs from both by its more strictly upright growth habit and overall larger dimensions. Its emersed form makes the differences even clearer: whereas R. verticillaris and R. mexicana, both belonging to the Lythraceae family, have rather inconspicuous flowers sitting in the leaf axils, Pogostemon erectus, of the Lamiaceae family, shows highly distinct, decorative flower spikes with violet flowers, quite similar to those of the other Pogostemon species known. (read more)

Synonyms Dysophylla erecta Dalzell, Eusteralis erecta (Dalzell) Panigrahi
Complete botanical name Pogostémon eréctus (Dalzell) Kuntze
Family Lamiaceae
Genus Pogostemon
Difficulty medium
Usage Background
Aquascaping fine-leaved
Growth fast
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 1 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Synonyms
Dysophylla erecta Dalzell, Eusteralis erecta (Dalzell) Panigrahi
Complete botanical name
Pogostémon eréctus (Dalzell) Kuntze
Family
Lamiaceae
Genus
Pogostemon
Difficulty
medium
Usage
Background
Aquascaping
fine-leaved
Growth
fast
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
18 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
1 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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Umut D.
25th December 2013
Pogostemon erectus - 1-2-GROW!
Pogostemon erectus - 1-2-GROW!

Sehr voller, üppig bewachsener Becher mit herausragender Qualität! Sehr zu empfehlen, allerdings brauchen die Pflanzen sehr lange um sich an die Bedingungen unter Wasser zu... (read more)

Ralf M.
Sehr empfehlenswert
7th November 2016
Pogostemon erectus - pot
Pogostemon erectus - pot

3 Töpfe bestellt und drei mal Spitzenqualität ! Sehr kräftige und große, bis zu 15 cm hohe Pflanzen erhalten. Hier würde ich mehr als fünf Sterne für vergeben. Einfach nur KLASSE! (read more)

Timo N.
Wächst eher langsam aber sehr kompakt und dicht !
30th July 2014
Pogostemon erectus - 1-2-GROW!
Pogostemon erectus - 1-2-GROW!

... ein wirklich schöner Kontrast zu anderen Pflanzen, habe in direkter Nachbarschaft zu dieser Pflanze Rotala Macrandra + Alternanthera Reinickii Mini. (read more)

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