Broadleaved Amazon Swordplants are very durable plants, have easy care requirements, which makes them the most widely available Amazon Sword!

Broadleaved Amazon Swordplants can grow to a maximum of 20 inches ( 50 cm), which makes them ideal for background or midground decorations. Using it in groups at the back of the aquarium gives the best visual effect.

Their leaves are very broad and light green in color. The leaves can and often will grow above the surface of the water if the conditions allow it to do so. If you do not want the plant growing above the water, trim its roots and long leaves periodically. Also remove older leaves to keep the plant looking healthy.

Broadleaved Amazon Swordplants are relatively easy to keep, with a few basics to keep in mind. They do well in fine, iron-rich substrates, bright lighting, and hard water. They can also tolerate somewhat higher levels of carbonate hardness.

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Scientific Classification



They originate in tropical South America.

Water conditions:

  • Temperature: 72-86° F (22-39° C)
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.5
  • dCH: 2-18


Light level: Bright – 50 watts per 25 gallons


They propagate by adventitious plantlets that develop on the peduncle.


The Broadleaved Amazon Swordplant is readily available.

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