Hygrophila Pinnatifida

Hygrophila Pinnatifida - Aquarium Plants Factory
Hygrophila Pinnatifida - Aquarium Plants Factory
Hygrophila Pinnatifida - Aquarium Plants Factory
Hygrophila Pinnatifida - Aquarium Plants Factory
Hygrophila Pinnatifida - Aquarium Plants Factory

Hygrophila Pinnatifida

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Hygrophila pinnatifida is a striking and versatile aquatic plant, perfect for enhancing the aesthetic appeal of any aquarium. Originating from the streams and rivers of India, this plant is renowned for its unique, pinnately cut leaves that display a range of colors from dark green to reddish-brown, depending on the lighting and nutrient conditions in the tank.

Key Features:

  1. Distinctive Appearance: Hygrophila pinnatifida has fern-like leaves that can turn from green to brown or even red under optimal conditions, adding a dynamic visual element to your aquarium.
  2. Versatile Growth: This plant can be grown in the substrate or attached to hardscapes like rocks and driftwood, making it an excellent choice for various aquascaping styles.
  3. Moderate Lighting Requirement: While it can thrive in moderate lighting, intense light helps to enhance its compact growth and vibrant coloration.
  4. Water Parameters: It prefers temperatures between 64-82°F (18-28°C) and a pH range of 6-7.5. The plant can tolerate a broad range of water conditions, making it adaptable to different aquarium setups.
  5. Nutrient Needs: Regular fertilization, especially with potassium, is crucial to prevent deficiencies and promote healthy growth. CO2 supplementation can significantly enhance its growth and coloration.
  6. Propagation: It is easy to propagate through stem cuttings, which can be replanted in the substrate or attached to hardscapes.


  • Aesthetic Appeal: The unique leaf shape and coloration of Hygrophila pinnatifida provide a beautiful contrast against other green plants, enhancing the overall look of your aquascape.
  • Easy Maintenance: Despite its need for moderate to high light, this plant is relatively easy to care for, making it suitable for both novice and experienced aquarists.
  • Versatility in Aquascaping: Its ability to attach to hardscapes or grow in the substrate allows for flexible design options in your aquarium.

Care Tips:

  • Lighting: Provide moderate to high light to ensure compact growth and vibrant colors.
  • Fertilization: Regularly dose with a balanced fertilizer containing potassium, iron, and trace elements to prevent nutrient deficiencies.
  • CO2: While not mandatory, CO2 supplementation can greatly enhance the plant's health and coloration.
  • Water Parameters: Maintain a stable temperature and pH within the recommended range for optimal growth.

Hygrophila pinnatifida is an excellent choice for aquascaping enthusiasts looking to add a touch of natural beauty to their tanks. With its unique appearance and easy maintenance, it’s a plant that can thrive in various conditions and enhance any aquatic environment.

Enhance your aquarium with our premium selection of aquatic plants, available in a variety of convenient formats:

  • Small Bare-Root Plants: Includes one single small plant with roots, perfect for attaching to driftwood, stones, or other hardscape elements.
  • Fresh-Cut Plants: Approximately 2-3 loose, fresh-cut stems without root, providing flexibility for planting arrangements.
  • Fresh-Cut Bunched: Contains 2-3 fresh-cut plants without root bundled with foam and a plant weight, making them easy to place in your aquarium.
  • Fresh-Cut Potted: Includes 2-3 fresh-cut plants without root securely potted in a net pot with rock wool, ensuring stability and promoting healthy growth.

Choose the format that best suits your aquascaping needs and create a vibrant, lush underwater environment with our high-quality aquarium plants.

Disclaimer: Pictures are not the actual plants you will receive, but a sample representation. Unless specific, we don't guarantee aquatic plants will be free of pests, and pesticides, grow emerged, or submerge. 

      Scientific Name

      Hygrophila Pinnatifida


      Adenosma pinnatifida (Dalzell) T.Anderson in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 9: 455 (1867)
      Cardanthera pinnatifida (Dalzell) Benth. ex C.B.Clarke in J.D.Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 4: 405 (1884)
      Nomaphila pinnatifida Dalzell in Hooker's J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 3: 38 (1851)
      Synnema pinnatifidum (Dalzell) Kuntze in Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 500 (1891)

      Common Name

      Hygrophila Pinnatifida

      Plant Type

      Stem Plants


      Midground, Background or Attachable to Driftwood, Stone, or Decor


      Not Required

      Growth Rates


      Difficulty Level


      Nutrient Substrate

      Not Required

      Can it grow emerged?


      Lighting Requirements

      Medium - High


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          Even though our plants are very clean, but we can't guarantee they will be 100% pest-free because we cannot be responsible for your aquarium. Please use it at your own risk. We recommended all customers rinse the plants with clean water and quarantine them before use.

          However, plants in tissue culture will be 100% free from pests, algae and never have been contacting with any aquarium.

          1. Due to the nature of the product. We don't guarantee our plants will be pests free. ( snails, algae, hitchhikers )
          2. We don't guarantee our plants will be free of pesticides. We use homemade, organic pesticides in our greenhouse to control pests. We do not use pesticides that contain copper. Copper is toxic to invertebrates such as aquatic snails, crabs, shrimps, etc
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          4. Unless specific, we don't guarantee aquatic plants will be grow emerged or submerge.
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          Customer Reviews

          Based on 59 reviews
          As pictured

          Loving this little plant. Very happy with it.

          Healthy Bunch

          I received the hygrophilia pinnatifida during a cold period and aquaticplantsfactory had them packaged in a thermal protection that I believe helped keep them in a healthy condition when they arrived. The plants seem to be adjusting well to my aquascape and I received a generous portion. I will be ordering from them again.


          I have a hillstream setup, all 3 bunches are thriving wonderfully.


          It was high quality but I failed in my care and they all died. I think I'm just going to glue them onto hardware next time instead of planting them in substrate. They failed to root and rotted due to lack of flow around the buried stems.

          Not what I expected

          Like always received healthy, pest free plants. For some reason I was expecting this plant to be like a sword with a root base, a stalk, then leaves at top. What I got was more like a stem plant. It had roots along stem. Wasn't really sure how to plant it so just went for it. Ordered 2, received 3 but I think one could probably be divided into a 4th plant. Much smaller than i expected. Leaves are really neat and color is dense. Will be interesting to see how these progress as I think they are supposed to get large.

          Amie P
          Healthy Hygrophila

          The hygrophila I received was full and healthy. I attached several stems to rock using aquarium glue & left the remaining stems loose in my tank to see how well they do. I’m hoping they will thrive because they look fantastic and serve as a great background plant for fish to hide in.

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