Pogostemon stellatus, Austrian Hygro

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Common Name: Pogostemon stellatus, Austrian Hygro
Latin Name: Pogostemon stellatus, previously Eusteralis stellata

Family Name: Lamiaceae

Plant Form: Stem
Sold as: Bunch plant

Placement: Background
Max Size: 24 inches
Plant Location: Great backdrop/background plant
Flowers: None known
Propagation: Cuttings
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast

True Aquatic: Yes

pH: Under 7.0
Supplements: Very high demand on iron. Requires high levels of CO2
Lighting: Very high

Care Level: Difficult
Good for Beginners: No

Probably the most demanding plant I've tried to grow. Miss a single dose of ferts or run out of CO2 and the plant immediately dies!! If you have the correct set up for this high maintenance plant, it makes an excellent addition to a planted tank. The more iron, more CO2 and the more light the better.

Plant requires an acidic environment and does not do well when pH is over 7.0 degrees. Also, this picky plant requires soft water, so low GH and low KH, to thrive.

Plant has a very thick, brittle stem with fine needle like leaves. Leaves can reach 2 inches in length. Plants are known to develop a pink, lavendar or deep purple coloring near the water surface when firmly rooted.

Often confused with Limnophila aromatica
 

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