Common Name: Cuphea Annagalloidea
Often misnamed and mixed-up with Rotala sp "Araguaia" or Bacopa sp "Red", this small but high maintenance stem plant is quite new in the community, having only been introduced in the last decade. Most species of the Genus Cuphea are terrestrial not many are aquatic, and the Cuphea Annagalloidea would be the first plant under the Cuphea genus to be cultivated in an aquarium setting. Depending on whether or not is grown submerged or immersed, as well as it's environment conditions, this plant will grow somewhat small to medium leaves whose colors will vary from lighter shades to eye-striking reds to oranges. If you're looking to achieve a bright red pigment, you must provide it with high lighting.
We would recommend this plant to seasoned hobbyists who have had prior/extensive experience keeping aquatic plants as they would be more apt at maintaining this demanding plant who might easily be affected by changes made in your tank. For the best results, we recommend planting the Cuphea Annagalloidea in an aquarium with its preferred parameteres. This would include a temperature range between 70-87F. A stable aquarium paired with high enough CO2 injections and high lighting will help with overall growth and health.
Cuphea Annagalloidea Specifications
Please note, all stats are provided as general guidelines. Factors such as height, size and overall success can vary depending on care and environment.
- Family name: Lythraceae
- Height: 1-4"
- Care: Difficult
- Lighting: Medium to high
- CO2: Moderate to High
- KH: In the 8-9 range
- pH: below 7
- Propagation: Cuttings
- Growth rate: Medium
- Cuphea Annagalloidea provide great accent points to your planted scene and are a great choice as a Midground/Foreground plant
- Please be sure to remove this plant from its wrap. Remove the foam surrounding the roots and plant into a quality substrate. For instructions on how to properly prep “bunched“ aquarium plants, click here.
- Do not make drastic changes to the aquarium. Unstable parameters will result in melt of the aquarium plant.
- CO2 injection and quality aquarium soil will yield better growth.
- Please research appropriately to ensure your plant thrives.