Pogostemon yatabeanus

Aquarium suitability: yes
Difficulty: medium
Growth: fast
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Range and localities: 

East and Southeast China (Anhui, Guizhou, Hunan, Zhejiang), Korea, Japan

Availability [?]: 
  • rarely or not available commercially
  • rarely or not available from other aquarists

  • Dysophylla yatabeana Makino
  • Eusteralis yatabeana (Makino) Panigrahi

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Pogostémon yatabeánus (Makino) Press

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Pogostemon


Pogostemon yatabeanus is home to Japan still not very well-known as aquarium plant. It is spreading in the hobby in the USA, however, it is probably not available in Europe.

This large stem plant can be compared to Pogostemon stellatus "Broad Leaf" regarding growth habit and size. Whereas the leaves of the latter attain a bronze hue when kept submersed, P. yatabeanus keeps its beautiful light green tint even under intensive lighting.

Under strong light, with CO2 injection and regular fertilisation, P. yatabeanus can grow very fast. This species is highly suitable for large tanks, where it contrasts beautifully against similar-looking plants with another colour like Pogostemon stellatus "Broad Leaf" and Limnophila aromatica.

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