Vallisneria gigantea Rubra from Asia is an easy plant that grows fast, suitable for large aquariums. It has a deeper colour to it than most other vallis making it striking and more attractive.
In most aquariums the leaves grow so long that they float on the surface (50-150 cm, 2 cm wide). So the plant needs pruning to stop it taking too much light from plants growing beneath. The leaves are tough and strong, so they are not normally eaten by herbivorous fish. Vallisneria americana is easy to propagate using runners, which are prolific if the bottom is nutritious.