Pogostemon stellatus, erroneously known as Eusteralis stellata in the hobby, is a perennial, marsh dwelling herb from southeast Asia and northern Australia. Because of its extensive and somewhat fragmented geographic distribution, there are many different forms of this plant in the wild. In recent years, this plant has become increasingly common in the trade due to its well deserved popularity it is a striking plant.
P. stellatus is rather difficult to grow, making quite a few demands on the hobbyist to thrive. Lighting should be intense, since the lower portions of the stems have a tendency to shed leaves otherwise. Stable CO2 injection is a must if one wishes to grow this plant to its full potential. Nitrate, phosphate, and micro nutrients should be added via the water column for long term success. Nitrate (5-20ppm) and phosphate (0.2-2ppm) levels are not too important, as long as they are kept stable. If growing conditions and nutrient levels change too fast, the plant often stunts and produces new side shoots from the top. If both nitrate and phosphate are kept high, this plant will be green. If the hobbyist chooses to run one or both nutrients on the lean side, P. stellatus will produce purple or orange foliage. This stem plant is also an excellent indicator of iron and micronutrients ï¿½if there is a deficiency, the leaves will be yellow to white in extreme cases.
Plant Structure: Stem
Growth Rate: Fast
Size: 6 inch
Special Requirement: High Iron in water