Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums: Cardinal Plant, Lobelia cardinalis "Dwarf"
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Cardinal Plant
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Cardinal Plant (Lobelia cardinalis "Dwarf")
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Color Form Green, Red
Water Conditions 72-82° F, KH 3-8, pH 6.5-7.5
Max. Size 1'
Origin Farm Raised - USA
Family Lobeliaceae
Lighting Moderate
Supplements Trace Elements, High Quality Aquarium Fertilizer
Placement Mid-ground
Propagation Side Shoots
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Overview

Add an easy-to-grow Cardinal Plant favored in Dutch-style freshwater planted aquariums! Native to the eastern and central United States, Lobelia cardinalis, also known as "Cardinal Flower," is commonly found growing emergent along streams, ponds, and waterways. Kept in its submersed state in the home aquarium, its stems produce bright green leaves with scarlet red undersides.

Provide Lobelia cardinalis "Dwarf" moderate to high lighting to prevent wilting and to promote compact, lush growth. CO2 injection is highly recommended for success, along with plenty of micronutrient dosing. This unique stem plant grows upward at a moderate pace, producing side shoots and numerous white roots at the nodes.

The Cardinal Plant's slow and dwarf growth makes it ideal for mid- ground placement to add density and interest to planted aquarium displays. Arrange and prune into neat rows for a classic Dutch "street" aquascaping effect.

Approximate Shipping Size: Potted 2" to 3"

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Customer Testimonials

V T Beaverton , OR
I am very pleased with the quality of the plants I've received from F & S, and this one is no exception. The amounts received are typically a bit more than I expected so they are generous and are very happy in my two freshwater aquariums. I especially like the red underleaf color which adds a nice touch to this foreground plants. The orders come well packed with recyclable materials.
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