Common Name: Rotala Magenta Family Name: Lythraceae Native To: India Lighting: Medium to High pH: 7.0 Growth Demands: Difficult Growth Form: Stem Growth Rate: Moderate True Aquatic: Yes Placement in Tank: Mid-ground Available As: Bunch
Rotala Magenta is a more species of Rotala. It grows at a far slower rate than your common stem plant and its stems tend to be very delicate. R. macrandra is propogated from cuttings.
The intense red color offers a lovely contrast, especially with green myriophylum and egeria najas. It is a great mid-ground plant and creates a very nice focal point. The bottom leaves are susceptible to decay from lack of light, so it is best to plant the stems individually or in very small groups, 2-3 stems maximum. It also has a tendency to get algae on its leaves, so the tank need to be very clean.