Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica) is a rosette plant that is named for its large and highly unique roots

Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)
photo credit: Aquatic Arts The thick, nutrient-storing roots of this unusual-looking plant have earned it the name "banana plant." The Banana Plant is one of the most unusual aquatic plants you'll ever see, and for good reason. Known for its banana-shaped roots, this rosette plant is named for its large and unique roots that are visible above the ground. The plant stores nutrients in these roots, which is why they're so thick. Round leaves of the Banana Plant are also available in a variety of shades of green. "Big Floating Heart" and "Banana Lily" are other common names for this plant.

The toughness of the Banana Plant is well-known, as it thrives in low-light conditions and can be submerged fully or partially. This plant can tolerate a wide range of water hardness and pH levels, but it performs best in water that is between 6.0 and 7.2 on the pH scale. It is recommended that the Banana Plant be kept in an environment with temperatures ranging from 68°F to 82°F.

Although it will arrive as a small plant, our Banana Plant can reach a height of 6 inches in your aquarium. The Banana Plant in our photos is the same size as the ones we ship to customers because it is housed in one of our own aquariums. Bare roots are supplied with this product, and they should only be partially buried under the substrate. Roots should be planted no deeper than a quarter inch in your substrate, per our recommendation.

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