Aponogeton madagascariensis, Madagascar Lace

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Madagascar lace plant, as it is commonly known, is one of the most ornate of all aquarium plants. Aponogeton madagascariensis is an aquatic bulb plant native to the island nation of Madagascar, along with many of the other Aponogetons used in the Aquarium plant trade. Aponogeton madagascariensis is an excellent aquarium plant as the central focal point in a planted aquarium, displaying dark green leaves that have a netted look to them. Aponogeton madagascariensis is one of the most recognizable aquarium plants because of the leaves' highly unique look. Aponogeton madagascariensis are bulb plants and will sometimes go dormant to the bulb stage of the plant. Just be patient and new leaves will begin to sprout. Sometimes it is helpful to take the bulb out of the aquarium for a resting period and keep it stored in moist sand until leaves begin to sprout. Then plant the Aponogeton bulb back into the aquarium. Beautiful long lacey leaves which needs a rich substrate. A beautiful centerpiece for any aquarium!

  • Common Name: Aponogeton madagascariensis
  • Family: Aponogetonaceae
  • Native To: Madagascar
  • Lighting: Low - Medium
  • pH: 6 - 8
  • Growth Demands: Easy
  • Growth Form: Rosette
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • True Aquatic: Yes
  • Placement In Tank: Background
  • Available As: Bulb

Customer Reviews

  • 5
    Growing well

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 16th 2016

    I always heard this was one of the hardest aquarium plants to keep. I ordered it on a whim to see how it would do in my tank, and so far, I've been pleasantly surprised. When it arrived only a few weeks ago, its leaves were about a foot long. Now it is almost to the top of my 55 gallon! I have it in an 82 degree F, 2.4 wpg South American community that I dose with diy co2, potassium, iron, phosphate, trace elements, and root tabs. My substrate is Eco-complete.

  • 3
    Hit or Miss

    Posted by William Taylor on Jan 5th 2016

    I've now ordered A. Madagascariensis twice from The first order were fantastic. All bulbs sprouted within 48 hours and rapidly grew into large flowering show pieces. The second order produced all duds. Not a single sprout or sign of life. To make matters worse, I sent an email to and they never bothered to respond.

  • 5

    Posted by Thoughtsprocket on Oct 24th 2015

    I was not expecting to get such a large vivacious plant. It's fabulous! I'm a bit nervous about my skill in growing it, but very happy to to my best. Thank you for sending me such a nice specimen!

  • 5
    Great plants!

    Posted by Nicholas Brayer on May 18th 2015

    I received 3x bulbs with my order and must say I am impressed so far. They are 2 weeks in and have atleast 5 leaves each stretching up to 8 inches. One even has 2 plants growing on it. Very happy with this purchase. I run 7500k led plant lights with no c02 ,a ph of a little over 7, and I prefer sand for my planted tank. I would suggest keeping them in a spot where a lot of light wont hit the leaves. In my experience algea will bloom and choke the plant out.

  • 3

    Posted by JKG on May 31st 2012

    Plant arrived in good condition but compared to the other reviews mine was very small. Plant has 5 leaves, 4 about 4 inches and 1 about 6 inches. I expected something much larger for the price.

  • 5

    Posted by mark ruddy on Feb 24th 2012

    this has to be my favorite plant we ordered for our new set up. two arrived beautifully large and in each corner of the 125 gallon tank. i love this plant and i am a customer for life here.

  • 5
    Madagascar Lace bulbs

    Posted by Paul Rotondi on Oct 14th 2011

    I ordered a trio of Madagascar Lace bulbs for my 65 Gallon tank, and I've never seen growth like this...They dominate the center of my tank, with leaves over 20" long and 6" wide. They look more like cricket bats than leaves! I'm not even doing anything special as far as substrate, using only the same fine red river gravel I've had in my tank for the last 30+ years. I recently repositioned them so that they were in a quieter corner of my tank, and noticed that the root systems was extremely well developed on all three plants. I can only imagine how prolific they would be growing if I was using Laterite or a potting soil/fine gravel substrate instead of just gravel. I will definitely be buying more of these bulbs when I buy my 300 Gallon display tank!

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 7th 2010

    Would this plant be good for a 55 gallon tank, it wont grow too large?

  • 5
    Not Difficult At All

    Posted by David Smith on Mar 29th 2010

    Everywhere I look at information on this plant it is said to be difficult. Mine has been putting out new leaves like crazy and seems to be an easy plant. The one I received from here has a large bulb and two growing points. It's a mature plant. I'm impressed with the quality of the plants from here.

  • 5
    Madagascar Lace

    Posted by William B. Karesh on Mar 27th 2008

    The specimen I received had a 2 inch flower spike and in 6 days this grew out of my 30" tall tank. Two new leaves have grown out during the first week also. The only down side to the plant is that the leaves can not stand up to the high velocity of the water current of my tank, so they tend to lay over. Obviously, it would do better in a calmer area of the tank.

  • 5
    Madagascar Lace Leaf

    Posted by LuisᅠCarrera on Oct 30th 2006

    This is my first time with this plant, but it has done very well. I placed it in the aquarium and one week later it started to grow two new leaves in addition to the four leafs it already had. How, one week later, the two new leaves are over six inches long, and two more leaves have begun to grow! I really recomend this plant, it is a great addition to a communtity aquarium. I also have other plants in the tank, and they are all doing great especially the Madagascar Lace Leaf.