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Riparium Plants: List of Popular Species

House/Pond Plant Species

  • Spathiphyllum sp. (peace lily) – Most species
  • Pilea sp. – P. cardieri (aluminum plant), P. depressa (creeping jenny), P. grandifolia, P. mollis ‘move valley,’ P. myriophylia, P. nummulariifolia (creeping charlie), P. spruceana ‘silver tree’
  • Gibasis geniculata (Tahitian bridal veil)
  • Dieffenbachia sp. (dumb cane) – Dieffenbachia amoena
  • Chamaedorea elegans (parlor palm)
  • Acorus sp. (sweetflag) – A. americanus and A. calamus
  • Pogonatherum crinitum (baby panda bamboo)
  • Cyperus sp. – C. alternifolius, C. gracilis, and C. papyrus
  • Oplismenus hirtellu
  • Syngonium sp. – S. wenlandii, and various other species
  • Cyrtosperma johnstonii

Emersed Aquatic Species

      • Microsorum sp. (java fern) – pteropus, pteropus ‘wendelov,’ pteropus ‘needle leaf’, (Any java fern species that can be grown emersed)
      • Echinodorus sp. (amazon sword) – E. bleheri, E. cordifolius, (any species that can be grown emersed)
      • Hygrophylia angustifolia
      • Limnophilia aromatica
      • Anubias sp. – A. barteri, A. nana, A. hastifolia, (any species that can be growned emersed)
      • Cryptocorne sp. (crypts) – C. ciliata, C. wendtii, C. cordata, (any species that can be grown emersed)
      • Bacopa sp. – B. monnieri and B. caroliniana
      • Taxiphyllum barbieri or Vesicularia dubyana (java fern)
      • Taxiphyllum alternans (Taiwan moss)
      • Vesicularia montagnei (Christmas moss)

Riparium Plant: Cyperus spp.

Cyperus spp. – Umbrella sedges

A grouping of Cyperus spp.

Orgin: The tropical/subtropical regions of all continents

Care Level: Easy

Planting Method: Planter

Placement: Background

Planting Medium: Hydroton with capping medium

Growth Rate: Medium

Size: Large

Propagation: Splitting crown of larger plants, flowering

Notes: Very commonly available house and pond plant. Very good used as an accent, or with carpeting stem plants. There are many Cyperus species out there. If you do not want to experiment, be sure to get a tried and proven suitable species for your riparium.

Riparium Plant: Pilea cardierei


Pilea carierei cuttings

Courtesy of Riparium Supply

Origin: Southern Asia

Care Level: Easy

Planting Method: Nano Trellis Raft

Placement: Foreground

Planting Medium: None

Growth Rate: Medium-Fast

Size: Medium-Large

Propagation: Cuttings

Notes: Pilea cardierei is a beautiful riparium plant, that is readily available in the houseplant industry. Great plant for Asian themed biotope. Larger root systems.