Hemianthus micranthemoides aka Pearl Weed is a bright green, low-growing stem plant perfect for beginners. It is a versatile species which can be used for both foreground, midground and background. Constant pruning will keep it low growing and spread runners horizontally. Leaving it untrimmed will allow it to grow vertically as a background plant. The shape and growth of the plant depends on the conditions so you must plan accordingly if you have a specific vision for how it will fit into your aquascape. This plant is similar in appearance to other carpeting plants, and can be a low-maintenance alternative if you are having trouble getting foreground coverage in your tank.
This plant might actually be extinct in its native range and is listed by many state governments as either extirpated or endangered. There are some reports that the plant has not been seen in its native habitat since 1941.
This plant will tolerate substantial pruning, so you can let it grow large and dense and then trim it into a desired shape if you wish. Propagate by trimming the ends of stems, then group several together and bury them together in the substrate. Make sure that other foliage does not cover them.
Origin: North America
Growth Rate: Medium
Light Demand: Medium