Size: 15 – 40cm in height
Position and Usage: Midground to background placement
Growth rate: Fast
Lighting: 2/5 - 4/5
Water Conditions: 18 - 28°C
CO2: Not required
Propagation: Lateral shoots; cuttings
Known also as ‘Baby’s Tears’ for its oval, tear-drop like leaves, Lindernia rotundifolia is a common, fast-growing species native to East Asia. Specimens will grow vertically with almost weed-like abandon, and although hobbyists may clip and replant side shoots in order to propagate, L. rotundifolia will self-propagate as lateral shoots root into the substrate. We recommend regular pruning as, without proper direction, this species can grow to overwhelm a tank.
However, L. rotundifolia is an undemanding species appropriate for beginners. It will tolerate low-light conditions well, and although both CO2 supplementation and water column fertilization will promote robust growth, neither are necessary.