Eusteralis Stellata / Pogostemon Stellatus
Common Name: Pogostemon Stellata, Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus
Photos show emersed form vs. submerged form!
Pogostemon Stellatus is a beautiful plant perennial plant that can display a wide array of different colors ranging from green to red to pink. This is an easy plant to keep that adds movement and dimension to the aquarium. The thin and pointy leaves grow in opposite pairs along the whole length of the stem. If pruned frequently, this plant will branch out and provide a bushy filler for the mid- or background of your tank.
This is an easy plant but to get the desirable bright red color, you must provide high lighting and nutrient levels. High iron content will bring out more red tones in the plant. CO2 injection is not required for the cultivation of this plant, but can help it grow more robustly. The plant can be grown submersed or emersed.
Propagation can be achieved by taking cuttings from the main stem of the plant that are replanted into the substrate.
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Light: Moderate to High
Co2: Not necessary
Growth Rate: Medium