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Helanthium vesuvius - Tissue Culture

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The Vesuvius Sword is a variant the sword Helanthium (formerly Echinodorus) angustifolia. This variant has thin, twisting leaves that are thought to be reminiscent of smoke spirals. It will adapt to a wide range of water conditions but grows best in moderate hardness and high light. This sword grows to just under a foot in height in most conditions and makes a unique midground or background plant.

"Sword Plants" come primarily from the Echinodorus genus and are marsh or bog plants from the tropical western hemisphere (North, South and Central America as well as some islands in the region). While there are around 3 scientifically accepted species, many species are cross-bred and propagated by hobbyists and nurseries to create numerous variants and hybrids.

While swords may grow emerged in the wild (with their leaves out of the water), they are well adapted to submerged life in the aquarium as well. Emerged plants grow flowers, while submerged plants will reproduce by sending out runners to grow new plants. Most swords need high lighting to thrive. They also benefit from a nutrient-rich substrate and iron and CO2 supplements, especially in heavily planted aquariums.

"Tissue Culture" plants are lab-grown. They are offered in sealed cup and are grown in an artificial media, usually gel-based. This media should be rinsed off before planting and the individual plants can be separated for individual planting and aquascaping. Tissue Culture plants are typically free from nuisances like snails and algae. 
Common NameHelanthium vesuvius
Scientific NameHelanthium vesuvius
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