ABC PLANTS - Hottonia palustris

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A beautiful green plant with bushy, feathery leaves and a very flexible growth habit that can be controlled by strategic pruning. It is one of the most flexible aquarium plants whose growth habit and size can be determined simply by how you trim it. Mature speciments will develop a rhizome-like structure which will produce shoots for a plant that is often wider that it is tall.


Hottonia palustris is suitable for both large and small aquariums and can be used in many areas. It is a fairly undemanding plant that will do well in a wide range of aquarium conditions and is well suited to beginners and experts alike. While it does not require CO2, it will benefit like most plants. 


Despite bearing a superficial resemblance to other other feather-leaf plants such as Dwarf Ambulia It tends to stay short, preferring to grow below the substrate in a rhizome which sends of new shoots. It is probably closest to M. Guyana in growth habit and use for the foreground and midground of most aquariums.


Originating in Europe and Northern Asia, Hottonia Palustris is well adapted for cooler temperatures and is suitable for coldwater tanks including those with goldfish. In fact it prefers cooler water and does best in long term temperatures below 25C.


This is an extremely versatile and undemanding addition to any aquascape and easily appreciated by beginners and pros alike. We enthusiastically recommend this plant to nearly anyone!



Difficulty: Easy

Type: Stem plant with feathery leaves, creeping rhizome and flexible growth habit

Size: Generally less than 20cm in height. Pruning will keep the plants much shorter and bushier. Individual stems are generally 4cm wide but plants can grow pretty wide through a rhizome type structure

Position and Usage: Foreground to background placement depending on how the plant is pruned and grown.

Growth rate: Moderate to Fast

Lighting: 2/5 - 5/5

Water Conditions: 1 - 25°C (34 - 77°F)

CO2: Not required but will result in faster, denser growth.

Propagation: Cuttings, lateral shoots from rhizome, rhizome division

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