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Delicate Ammannia - Ammannia gracilis

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Ammannia gracilis has thin arched leaves that turn from green to red under high lighting. The red color will fade without the proper high lighting. The leaf shape changes when grown out of the water and the submerged leaves may die off when the plant starts producing emerged (above the water) leaves. Pruning is recommended before the plant breaks the surface.

Bunched plants are typically sold as cuttings that are bound together with a metal plant weight or rubber bands. These individual stalks can be planted by inserting the end of the stalk into the substrate, either individually or - with some plants - in groupings of several stalks. Most bunch plants do not have roots but may grow roots in time. They can be easily pruned by trimming the stalk at the desired height. The trimmings can then be planted as well if desired. Some bunched plants do not need to be planted and may be allowed to float on the water's surface.

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Common NameDelicate Ammannia
Scientific NameAmmannia gracilis
OriginWest Africa
Growth RateFast
Light IntensityHigh
Plant pH6.5-7.5
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