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Chinese Ivy - Cardamine lyrata

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Chinese Ivy (Cardamine lyrata) is a marsh plant which thrives under water as well. A characteristic trailing growth, round foliage and golden-green color makes it highly desirable. This plant is also sometimes known as Bitter Cress or Japanese Cress.

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 NameChinese Ivy
Scientific NameCardamine lyrata
Plant pH6.5-7.5
Growth RateFast
Light IntensityModerate
Water HardnessSoft
Temperature Range60-78
FlowersEmerged: Small white blossoms
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
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State Restrictions
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the plants that I did receive had small snail eggs on them! I didn't notice the eggs at first until a week later. Now my aquarium is covered in baby snails :(

good "wild" look


I bought two bunches because I had no experience with this plant, and expected to lose most of it. But a week after purchase it is absolutely thriving in my tank, my fish love it, and it's growing roots beautifully.



I bought one of these on a whim, and it’s beautiful and hardy! The plant I received is taller and trails through the water. My fish don’t eat it, so it lasts and grows. I can’t wait order several more of these.