Alternanthera sessilis var. 'rubra' - Live Aquatic Plant


Alternanthera sessilis var. 'rubra' - Live Aquatic Plant

price $4.99 (5x stems)
This is one of the most beautiful plants you can find for sale in shops. Its intense, uniform, violet-red tone is unmatched, but it has one fatal "flaw" - it is NOT a true aquatic plant! This plant is suitable only for terrariums and paludariums. When completely under water, it can only survive for a short period of time, a few weeks at most. After that it will inevitably melt away, no matter how much lighting, nutrients and CO2 you've got in your tank. On the other hand, if you plant it in a shallow water setup and allow the stems to stretch above the surface, then it becomes a really beautiful and easy plant to grow. When I started getting into serious aquatic gardening, I bought this plant thinking it was the true aquatic Scarlet Hygro (Alternanthera reineckii).