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Alternanthera reineckii - (Briquet, 1899)

The variety 'Rosaefolia' is among the easier of the Telanthera to grow. Jeff Ucciardo


Telanthera is a desirable plant that manifests in lovely shades of green, purple, red, and pink. It is commercially available with varietal names descriptive of these colors. 'Pink,' or 'Rosaefolia' is said to be the easiest variety to grow.

Family: Amaranthaceae

Other common name(s):

  • Red Hygro
  • Green Hedge

Native range:

Habitat: Inhabits rivers, lakes, swamps; occasionally terrestrial.

Maximum height: 50 cm (20 in)

Lighting: Medium to bright

Placement: Midground to background in bunches.

Water: Freshwater 17 °C (63 °F) - 25 °C (77 °F)


This plant benefits from a fine, fertile substrate with nitrite and phosphorus fertilization. It does very well with supplemental CO2, however, it will grow smartly without CO2 injection.

Special Care

Strong lighting is the key to maintaining this plant, without which it loses color, and the leaves rot as the stems lengthen to reach for the light. Don't attempt to keep this wonderful midground plant without following the caveats about light and food. Do not crowd this plant; it requires elbow room and gentle water circulation to achieve its full potential.


Stem cuttings rooted in substrate. Using stems that already have nodal roots increases the success rate.


Roots form on the stem nodes to absorb nutrients from the water. Do not remove these roots, as they are working parts that help bring nutrients directly from the water to every part of the plant. Pruning the tips of the stems encourages bushy growth.

Reference: 101 Best Aquarium Plants
Image credit: JU
Text credit: MES