Limnophila hippuridoides (Ambulia aromatica, Limnophila aromatica, Purple Ambulia)
Difficulty: Moderate to Easy
Size: 10– 50cm in height, 5 to 10cm in width
Position and Usage: Midground to background placement
Growth rate: Moderate to fast
Lighting: 3/5 – 5/5
Water Conditions: 15 - 30°C
CO2: Recommended but not required
Propagation: Basal shoot growth; cuttings
Limnophila hippuridoides (Ambulia aromatica, Purple Ambulia)
Native to Southeast Asia, Limnophila hippuridoides is a beautiful, decorative species with slender leaf form and dense, dark red to purple foliage. Specimens will grow vertically, often with distinctly crooked, outward-leaning shoot tips. They can be propagated through clippings of the solid side shoots found at the base of the plant. Hobbyists may want to thin out the oldest and longest stems of a cluster in order to promote new basal shoot growth.
Although L. hippuridoides is relatively adaptable and will tolerate low light well, intensive light and CO2 supplementation will encourage red to purple foliage growth. Likewise, substrate and water column fertilization will promote both plant health and deeply-hued coloration.