Moneywort | Bacopa Monnieri

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Meet Bacopa Monnieri, aka the aquatic celeb known as Moneywort! This green diva is not just a pretty face; it's the midground superstar your planted aquarium has been begging for. You might also catch people calling it Brahmi or Water Hyssop—nicknames for days!

Aquatic Superstar Introduction: Picture this: a thick central stem holding up fleshy, rounded leaves that are the Beyoncé of bright green. Bacopa Monnieri is the chill friend in your aquarium crew, rocking low-tech conditions like it's no big deal. But hey, if you want to treat it like royalty, a little CO2 injection is like a spa day for this plant.

Why We Love It: Why do we love it? Well, besides its easygoing nature, Bacopa Monnieri brings a burst of color and texture to your aquatic haven. It's like confetti for your tank! Trim it regularly, and watch it branch out, creating lush, dense plant groups that'll have your fish friends throwing a party.

Multi-Talented Marvel: Now, here's the cool part: Bacopa Monnieri can do the emersed thing and bloom small purple flowers above the water's surface. Talk about a multi-talented plant! Pop it into your terrarium, vivarium, or paludarium setup, and watch it thrive with proper TLC.

Plant Power Move: For the ultimate plant power move, start with a nutrient-packed aquarium soil. Bacopa Monnieri loves a strong root system—consider it the plant version of hitting the gym.


  • Aquatic Confetti: Adds a burst of color and texture to your aquarium, turning it into a vibrant underwater party.
  • Lush and Dense: Regular trimming encourages branching, creating lush and dense plant groups for fish to enjoy.
  • Emersed Blooms: Displays small purple flowers above the water's surface, showcasing its multi-talented nature.
  • Adaptable Setup: Thrives in various setups, including terrariums, vivariums, and paludariums.
  • Root System Strength: Benefits from nutrient-packed aquarium soil, promoting a robust and healthy root system.

Best Roommates:

  • Vallisneria (Background plant)
  • Cryptocoryne species (Various species for midground to background)
  • Ludwigia species (Stem plant)
  • Rotala (Stem plant)
  • Staurogyne repens (Midground plant)
  • Java Fern (Midground to background)


Also Known: Moneywort / Water hyssop / Creeping water thyme / Indian pennywort

Sold As: Potted / Bunched

Care Level: Easy

Lighting Requirement: Low

Co2: Not Needed

Growth Rate: Medium

Origin: North and South America

Tank Placement: Midground-Background

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