This plant was discovered by aquarists in Thailand, close to the border with Burma. It is called 'Downoi' (little star) in Thailand, and it is easy to see why (5-10 cm tall and wide). Pogostemon helferi is an unusual and distinctive aquatic plant with a compact habit, curly leaves and a strikingly beautiful green colour.
With good light conditions and a substrate rich in nutrients Pogostemon helferi forms many side shoots, which develop small roots, and the plant rapidly forms an impressive carpet of foreground vegetation.
- Considered medium difficulty to grow
- Distinctive curly leaves
- Medium growth rates
- Reaches heights of 3-10cm+
- Medium light demand of 0.5W/L
- Medium CO2 demand of 6-14mg/L