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Dwarf Water Onion (Zephyranthes Candida)

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Dwarf Water Onion

Dwarf Water Onion originates in South America. It is a bulbous plant that features green, slender, almost grass-like, leaves that grow from a bulb at its base. Its common name is derived from its appearance as it resembles a common onion plant. The plant grows relatively compact and typically grows approximately 6 to 12 inches tall.

How to Care for Dwarf Water Onion

Dwarf Water Onion prefers nutrient-rich substrate and good light. It can be tricky to plant. When planting, be careful not to bury the bulb completely into the substrate. The top of the bulb should be just visible. Once established, the plant is relatively easy to care for.

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Moderate
  • Temperature:68°-82.4°F
  • Tank Placement: Midground-Background

Dwarf Water Onion is most suitable for the midground areas or the back areas of smaller aquariums. When planted in groups, the slender leaves swaying in the water create an appearance of grassy savanna fields and the lighter color bulbs provide additional visual interest.

Dwarf Water Onion is also available potted.

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Reviews (2)

  • 5
    Water Onion
    Posted by Teddie LloydBuckley on 30 Mar 2021

    I will never order aquarium plants anywhere else again! This place is amazing! It was freezing where I am, but the plants still arrived very healthy in excellent condition. I ordered three types of plants, the dwarf water onion, red ludwigia, and baby tears on lava rock, and they are all doing great. My water onion is nowhere near as bushy as the photo, but it is so cute and I love the plant. I expect it will get more bushy with time. These are by far the biggest and healthiest plants I’ve ever bought, including the ones I got directly from the local pet store. My onion plant was more than 16” tall upon arrival! Once it reaches the top of the tank it splays out on the surface creating some beautiful cover for the fish. Love it.

  • 5
    Dwarf water onion plants.
    Posted by SandyCNY on 5 Mar 2021

    The bottoms really look like an onion with roots. Mine are aren’t as thick as the picture. But they’re cute. I am planting the next to each other to create volume. Neat plants!!