The Water Primrose is a great plant for beginners because it adapts readily to almost any environment and is very easy to maintain!

The Water Primrose is an extremely hardy and easy plant to care for. It grows to a maximum height of 20 inches (50 cm) at a fast rate if provided with the proper care. It goes best as a midground or background plant. Once the plant grows up to the surface of the water, the stems will begin to grow horizontally across it and the leaves will grow closer together.

The leaves can vary from plant to plant, but are generally wide and round with a olive-green on top and a red on the bottom. Also, the brighter the light, the more intense the colors will be. Propagation of the Water Primrose is quite simple and all that needs to be done is to plant cuttings off the main plant.

The water conditions should be regularly checked to help the Water Primrose thrive. It needs a pH between 5.5 and 7.5, with the temperature more cooler than warmer. Make sure to perform regular water changes and fertilize regularly after each change. Bottom fertilization that is very nutrient-rich is important. Also prune the plant regularly to keep it healthy and growing well.

For more Information on keeping a planted aquarium see:
About Planted Aquariums, Adding Aquatic Plants For a Healthy Aquarium



   Water Primrose originate in tropical North and Central America.

Water conditions:

   Temperature: 68-86° F (20-30° C)
   pH: 5.0 – 7.2
   dCH: 2-15°


   Light level: Bright – 50 watts per 25 gallons


   The Dwarf Rotala propagates from cuttings and side shoots.


   The Water Primrose is readily available.