Alternanthera cardinalis Variegata

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Alternanthera cardinalis Variegata is a fine-looking bushy, stem plant with sturdy red/purple stems and long, pointy attractive leaves. It originates from South America and needs plenty of light to develop the red/purple leaves. With the addition of CO2 this plant will grown up to 50cm in height. If there is a lack of micro nutrients this plant will suffer and the leaves will become pale in colour.

This engaging plant will bring instant vibrancy and colour to your aquarium. As with all stem plants grow in groups of two and up. A beautiful yet slightly demanding plant.

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by Karen H.
Yet another great plant. Beautiful colours. Recommend definitely. I also ordered a moss covered cave and the moss is growing really well on that too. Well done and thank you so much. Definitely recommend to everyone.

by David F.
Looks absolutely great

by Mari Llewelyn J.
A beautifull attractive plant well presented by Aquaessentials, arrived early well packaged in very good clean and healthy condition.

by Robert K.
Already growing and spreading with new growth. Healthy plants as always.

by Jan M.
The plant was a good size and has survived well so far. It has kept its colour and still fairly bushy. I have good light in my tanks and use fertiliser and liquid CO2. I've managed to propagate some cuttings from it so I'm very pleased.

by Jerome D.
This is a big strong plant, lovely colour of red and pink, looks superb at the back of my planted aquarium.

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Would the alternanthera lilacina be ok I keep discus at 86 degrees not sure if this is far to hot for this plant, have a lot of green healthy plants and wanted to add some colour, I use seachem flourish have t5 tubes 2 day and 2 nature, lights are on for 7hrs any advice appreciated steve


It's worth a punt Steve. Might be ok at that temp.

How do you plant these in the tank?


Remove plastic pot then remove rockwall and split the plant up into individual stems. Then plant direct into substrate.

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