Orchid LilyOrchid LilyBarclaya longifoliaPhoto © Animal-World
The Orchid Lily is an extremely attractive aquarium plant because of it's varying colors of red to olive green all across the leaves!
Orchid lilies are a relatively difficult plant to keep, however if taken well care of they often add splendidly to the aquarium visuals! They grow to a maximum height of 14 to to 20 inches (35 to 50 cm) at a slow to moderate growth rate and work great as background plants or midground plants in smaller aquariums. Madagascar Laces can reach a maxium height of 25 inches (65 cm) and grow at a moderate rate. It is essential that they are kept in iron-rich fertilizer, soft water, and plenty of other nutrients to keep them in thriving condition. Bright light is needed, however the red leaves need more light than the green leaves.
For more Information on keeping a planted aquarium see:
About Planted Aquariums, Adding Aquatic Plants For a Healthy Aquarium
They originate in East Africa, and can range from Burma, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Temperature: 72-82° F (22-28° C)
pH: 6.0 - 7.0
Light level: Bright - about 50 watts per 25 gallons
Orchid Lilies must be propagated by seed.
Orchid Lilies are readily available.