The round, dime to half-dollar sized leaves growing alternately along a vine-like creeping stem, makes the Brazilian Pennywort great contrast plant in a live planted aquarium. At each leaf joint the plant sends out small white root shoots, and when the plant reaches the surface of the water it will produce tiny white blossoms.
A rapid grower, Brazilian Pennywort quickly reaches eight inches or more in height. It is one of the easiest aquarium plants to grow and is suitable for many aquarium setups, from fully aquatic to bog settings.
Placement and Uses
Brazilian Pennywort is particularly versatile, as it can be planted in the substrate or as a floating plant. When used as a floating plant, it provides a perfect hiding place for young fry, as well as an excellent medium for infusoria to grow. It is not unusual for portions of the plant that are at the surface of the water to produce small white flowers.
It can also be planted in the substrate, where it makes a great mid or background stem plant. If weighed down, it can be trailed across driftwood or other surfaces. When used as a stem plant, it looks particularly attractive in bunches of a half dozen stems of differing heights, placed together. Regardless of how it is planted, Brazilian Pennywort will grow towards the surface, the lower leaves dropping off as the plant gets taller and shades the lower leaves.