Scientific name: Limnophila aromatica
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 30 - 40 cm (11.81 - 15.75 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 14°N (53.57 - 250ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 21 - 28 °C (69.8 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): East Asia
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
Rice paddy herb
South East Asia; over recent years it has been introduced to North America.
This plant is propagated by cuttings. Suppliers will often send the plant with cuttings bunched together to form a clump. This is the best way to initially plant this in the aquarium. When the plant is established take cuttings from the outer stems and group 3-4 together. This clump can then be carefully placed in the substrate to form a new plant.
This aromatic plant is widely used in Vietnamese cooking. It is supposed to have the flavour and aroma of lemon and cumin. It gets its common name from its ability to flourish in the paddy fields and was introduced into North America by Vietnamese immigrants following the Vietnam War.