Cardamine Lyrata

Cardamine Lyrata thrives in various water conditions and adapts well to different lighting setups. It prefers moderate to high lighting and benefits from CO2 supplementation, although it can grow in low-tech setups as well. This plant is perfect for both beginner and experienced aquarists.
Cardamine Lyrata is a must-have for any aquarist looking to add a unique, visually appealing plant to their tank. Its easy maintenance, rapid growth, and striking appearance make it an excellent choice for creating a beautiful, natural underwater landscape.
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Cardamine Lyrata

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Enhance your aquarium with the exquisite Cardamine Lyrata, also known as Chinese Ivy or Japanese Cress. This versatile aquatic plant features distinctive, vibrant green leaves with a unique, lyre-shaped pattern, adding a touch of elegance to any aquatic environment.

Key Features

  • Scientific Name: Cardamine lyrata
  • Common Names: Chinese Ivy, Japanese Cress
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Leaf Shape: Lyre-shaped, vibrant green
  • Growth Height: Up to 30 cm (12 inches)

Ideal Conditions

Cardamine Lyrata thrives in various water conditions and adapts well to different lighting setups. It prefers moderate to high lighting and benefits from CO2 supplementation, although it can grow in low-tech setups as well. This plant is perfect for both beginner and experienced aquarists.

Maintenance Tips

To keep your Cardamine Lyrata healthy and flourishing:

  • Light: Moderate to high
  • CO2: Beneficial but not necessary
  • Substrate: Nutrient-rich
  • Water Temperature: 18-26°C (64-79°F)
  • pH Range: 5.5-7.5

Regular trimming and adequate nutrient supplementation will ensure vibrant growth and prevent overgrowth. Its rapid growth rate makes it ideal for creating lush, green landscapes in your aquarium.

Aquascaping Uses

Cardamine Lyrata is versatile in aquascaping:

  • Foreground Plant: Use as a low-growing carpet.
  • Midground Plant: Creates a dense, green area.
  • Surface Plant: Trails across the water surface, adding a dynamic feel.

Its vibrant green leaves provide excellent contrast and visual interest, making it a favorite in Dutch and Nature-style aquascapes.


Propagation is simple and effective. Cut healthy stems and replant them in the substrate to encourage new root development and fill out your aquarium with this stunning plant.

Cardamine Lyrata is a must-have for any aquarist looking to add a unique, visually appealing plant to their tank. Its easy maintenance, rapid growth, and striking appearance make it an excellent choice for creating a beautiful, natural underwater landscape.

  • Sold as a Small Bare-root Plants, Bunched plants, or Potted plants
  • Small bare-root | small rooted develop plants
  • Bunched plants | rooted plants bundle with foam, and lead weight
  • Potted plants | rooted developed plants potted with net pot and rock wool

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, pesticides, grow emerged, or submerge. 

      Scientific Name

      Cardamine Lyrata

      Common Name

      Japanese cress, Lyrata cress


      Foreground / Midground


      Not required

      Growth Rates


      Difficulty Level


      Nutrient Substrate


      Can it grow emerged?


      Lighting Requirements

      Medium - High


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          Customer Reviews

          Based on 15 reviews
          Ashley Ambriz

          Plants came strong and healthy. I'm excited to see them take off. Thank you for your on time shipping and healthy plants I really appreciate it

          Vincent Campos
          So far so good

          Small quantity for this plant, I’ve ordered many from them. But it came nice and green and I have 2 nice patches planted look like they’re already taking hold.


          Very nice plants

          Jenna Wing-Hu
          Great Plants

          1st time buyer and extremely satisfied with my order. The plants shipped quickly and arrived healthy. They are doing great in my tank! I definitely will be ordering more plants in the future.

          Nice plants!

          I received this lyrata in my first order from APF and I absolutely love it! Really nice portion, healthy plants, and a good price!! Much better than this other plant site I had been ordering from. Their prices were too high for way less portion and quality.

          Beth Cothern

          Every plant I get from Aquarium Plants Factory is healthy and exceptional. My favorite online plant store!

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