Vallisneria spiralis

The name “Vallisneria spiralis” sometimes confuses people who think the leaves should be twisted. But the name refers not to the leaf shape, but the the long, thin spiraling flower stem of the female plants.

Common Name:      Italian Val

Family Name:           Hydrocharitaceae

Native To:                 Southern Europe, Southwestern Asia

Lighting:                  Moderate - intense

Requirements:        Undemanding, but prefers moderately hard water

Growth Form:          Rosettes on short runners

Growth Rate:            Fast

True Aquatic:            Yes, obligate aquatic

Placement in Tank:  Background

Available As:              Bare Root, Bunch