Banana Lily - Nymphoides Aquatica
Aquatic plant in the Menyanthaceae, native to the southeastern United States from Texas to Maryland. It is known variously as the banana plant, banana lily, and the big floating heart. It is most commonly called the banana plant because of its banana-shaped roots. These unusual roots store nutrients. It is usually referred to as the aquarium banana plant or by its scientific name Nymphoides Aquatica.
A cluster of thick banana-shaped roots, located close to the leaves near the surface of the water. The Banana Plant has rounded leaves that have a notch at the base. They resemble small water lily leaves that can grow over a week or two. The leaves are green above and dull purple below in high light, and light green to yellow both below and above in low light conditions. It bears small white five-petalled flowers that arise from below the leaf.
The lowermost leaves grow 6-18" tall and frequently the plant will produce a floating lily leaf at the surface. This plant will commonly flower in the tank. It requires minimal lighting but does best in high to bright conditions. Propagation in an aquarium is usually accomplished by clipping a mature leaf and re-planting when roots emerge.
If you are planting in soil, no fertilizer is required because the soil will provide all the nutrients your banana plant needs to grow big and healthy. If you don’t want your banana plant to float, Keep it in place by using a plant weight, glue or even tying the banana plant to a rock. Once the banana plant’s roots are established, they will be able to hold the plant down. At this stage, your weight or tethers can be removed. Some instances, the roots have been known to lift the banana plant up, making the plant look like it’s floating in mid-air. Well, mid-water, anyway!
For beginners, and those of you just looking for an easy-to-grow plant, I recommend planting the banana plant in the substrate of your aquarium.
|Height||Varies according to nutrient availability|
|Width||Varies according to nutrient availability|
|Substrate||Sand, gravel or soil|
|pH||6 – 7.2|
|Lighting||Low – High|
|Ideal Temperature||68-81°F (20-27°C)|
|Carbonate Hardness (KH)||5-12 dKH|
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