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Creeping burhead
(Echinodorus cordifolius)

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Creeping burhead

Creeping burhead
(Echinodorus cordifolius)

This very large plant is reserved for large aquariums. It likes to be partly emerged and partly submerged. It is therefore suitable for open aquariums or paludariums! Below you will find all the tips you need for a successful planting.

Scientific name

Echinodorus cordifolius
Echinodorus Cordifolius Harbich Rouge
Echinodorus fluitans
Echinodorus grandiflorus
Echinodorus Radican

Common name

Creeping burhead


what are his countries of origin?

Origin: North and Central America

Ideal fertilization

how to fertilize this plant?

CO2: 10-40mg/l
Nitrates (NO3): 10-50mg/l
Phosphates (PO4): 0,1-3mg/l
Potassium (K): 5-30mg/l
iron (Fe): 0,01-0,5mg/l


which group is this plant?



what is the type of plant?


Water parameters

What are the Water parameters for the maintenance of this plant?

T°: 22 to 28°C or 72 to 82°F
pH: 6.5 to 7.5
Hardness: 3 to 12°dGH




Minimal lighting

what brightness is needed?



what is the maximum size of the plant?

50 to 70 cm (20 to 28")

Plantation area

in which area of the aquarium install this plant?

Middle and background


how fast does this plant grow?



Who is the Creeping burhead?


Who is the Creeping burhead?

Particularly suitable for open aquariums, it will naturally immerse itself. In these conditions, it could even bloom. Its flowers are small and white.

Its growth is quite slow, with the production of one leaf per month.

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Creeping burhead?

Planting and maintenance

How to plant and maintain the Creeping burhead?

Very greedy and given its size, Echinodorus cordifolius needs a fairly rich soil. Ideally, it will also provide a contribution of fertilizer and Co2.

If the leaves tarnish and wither, this is probably a lack of light.


How to farm the Creeping burhead?


How to farm the Creeping burhead?

Produces adventitious seedlings on the peduncle. Separate these young stems from the mother plant and replant them in nutrient-rich soil to promote root formation.

Good to Know

Good to Know

Find all additional information!

There are several varieties of this plant. Echinodorus Cordifolius Harbich and Red Harbich are much smaller than the parent species described here (maximum 30 cm or 12 inches). They also tend to grow in width. They will therefore be better suited to the foreground or backgroud of the aquarium.

Small anecdote: these two varieties are mutations obtained by chance in the greenhouses of farming of Echinodorus Cordifolius.

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