Echinodorus 'Hot Pepper'

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground
Difficulty: easy
Growth: fast

Habit, plant type:

  • rosette
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Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Alismatales
Family: Alismataceae
Genus: Echinodorus


Echinodorus 'Hot Pepper' was bred in the former aquatic plant nursery ZooLogiCa (Altlandsberg near Berlin) by crossbreeding E. 'Red Flame' and E. 'Kleiner Baer' . It was brought onto the market in 2003, however, it is not easily available in trade.
The special characteristic of this variety are its bright light and dark red leaves with contrasting light green longitudinal veins and a slightly undulate margin.
'Hot Pepper' is described as smaller variety that is a suitable foreground plant. Its leaf blades grow to a length of up to 20 cm, a width of 3 cm, and have a short stalk (Kasselmann 2010), however, it can also reach an overall height of up to 40 cm. (
Its emersed leaves have a long stalk, oval to lanceolate leaf blades, and new emersed leaves are orange.

References and further reading:
  1. Kasselmann, C. (2010): Aquarienpflanzen. 3rd edition (German). - DATZ Aquarienbuch, Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart: p. 287.
  2. Description of Echinodorus 'Hot Pepper' auf (Wilstermann-Hildebrand, 2008-2013)
Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 15 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 20 to 28 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 21 °dKH
pH value 5 to 7 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 10 to 40 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: fast

Propagation: Proliferating inflorescences, Rhizomteilung

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: unknown

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: very colourful plant for accents

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