Dwarf lily (scientific name: Nymphaea Stellata)
Overview: Native to India and Sri Lanka, Dwarf lily is a beautiful aquatic plant with very few demands for growth and maintenance. It is a bulb plant by nature, which continues to grow plants with their own roots. These beautiful plants are great as a midground aquarium plant, especially in contrast with light or dark green plants in the aquarium.
Appearance: The dwarf lily is a small plant with leaves attaining a maximum length of approximately 12 cm only. The pinkish reddish leaves are arranged in a compact manner along the stalk. Flowers of Dwarf lily plant can range from red or blue in color.
Hard/soft plant: Hard plant
Ideal water temperature: Dwarf lily or Nymphaea stellata prefers warm tropical climate, therefore temperatures ranging between 22 and 28 degree Celsius seems ideal for it’s growth.
Lighting conditions: Dwarf lily plant requires medium to high lighting levels for optimum growth and coloration.
Ideal pH conditions: In natural habitat, Dwarf lily grows in soft waters but can tolerate a wide range of pH levels ranging between 5 and 8.
Functions and advantages:
- Dwarf lily plant is compatible with most aquarium fishes and the leaves are durable enough to withstand jostling and light nibbling by smaller herbivores.
- Dwarf lily is a beautiful ornamental plant and looks best as a midground plant when planted in contrast with other green aquatic plants.
Did you know?
As mentioned earlier, Dwarf plant is a bulb plant that grows daughter plants with roots along the shoots. Simply removing the daughter plants when they are fully grown and planting them in substrate facilitate propagation.