Cardamine (Cardamine lyrata)

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About This Product

Cardamine lyrata is actually a marsh plant, but it is also a familiar aquarium plant which thrives under water. A characteristic trailing growth form makes it highly decorative, and ''water roots'' often form on the plant itself. Plant in groups, and make sure the water temperature does not exceed 28 degrees C. for long (this makes the leaves much smaller and the plant more leggy).

  • Common Name: Cardamine
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Native To: Japan
  • Lighting: Medium
  • pH: 6-8
  • Growth Demands: Easy
  • Growth Form: Stem
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • True Aquatic: Yes
  • Placement In Tank: Mid-Background
  • Available As: Bunch

Customer Reviews

  • 3
    Didn't fare well

    Posted by Jo on May 16th 2020

    This poor plant didn't fare well in the shipping. It looked pretty limp & yellow. I isolated it and it's showing a lot of new green growth, so it should bounce back well

  • 5

    Posted by Jennifer Maruska on Jul 22nd 2017

    I ordered two of these. I received tall plants, with many leaves, wrapped with care and well packaged. When first putting them in the tank I thought they looked nice. After a few days - they look beautiful! They have spread out and have lovely, delicate leaves with little roots hanging down. They are really pretty and add so much visually to my tank - I'm so happy that I bought them!

  • 5
    Hardy, fast grower

    Posted by G. Brown on Aug 9th 2010

    This plant is growing like crazy. Very good contrast to darker plants. I like it planted beside an ornament in the tank, but my gold algae eater doesn't so right now it's a floating plant in my 29 gallon. I put a few tiny sprigs in my 10 gallon and they've taken off growing into bright green, healthy plants. I really like this one!

  • 3

    Posted by Hannah Anderson on Aug 30th 2009

    This plant arrived in good condition, but it was up in the air for a while. I am now starting to see new growth after a coupld weeks. The leaves are sparse, and the stems are delicate. I wouldn't recommend it to most people. Good for filling in tighter areas for contrast, but not on it's own. Ordered a dozen different plants, 2 were DOA, 2 died shortly after, but the rest were all gorgeous and bigger/fuller than expected. Death may be due to 2 day shipping instead of overnight.