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Italian Vallisneria Spiralis

Vallisneria Spiralis, also known as straight Vallisneria, is one of the best known and most popular aquatic plants in the hobby. The plant produces lovely ribbon-like leaves which may grow up to 24 inches in length.

Care Guide for Italian Vallisneria Spiralis

Vallisneria Spiralis is very adaptable and can be kept in a wide range of aquarium conditions, including coldwater aquariums. It's a good plant for beginners and new setups because of its rapid growth. The plant does particularly well in hard water, and it does not require strong light.

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Moderate
  • Temperature Range: 70-82°F
  • Tank Placement: Background

Because Vallisneria can grow tall, the best placement of V. Spiralis in your aquarium is in the background or around the corners/edges of the aquarium. If provided with good conditions, this plant is a fast grower and will produce many new plants from runners.

Plants at Modern Aquarium

At Modern Aquarium, our goal is to always bring you healthy and beautiful plants in every order. While the photos on our website are just examples of what you will receive, we do examine each plant in person before shipping it to you. If you have any questions about what to expect from your order, how to plant your new plants, or the best starter plants for your tank, reach out to us any time!

Reviews (33)

  • 4
    Some came bad but otherwise ok
    Posted by Daniel Best on 2 Apr 2024

    I didn't realize that these plants would be shipped from Florida. I saw the store was in NY so I thought there would be less time in the shipping box and the plants might show up better looking. Unfortunately I was wrong. Anyway, on to the plants. They came with a few bad leaves but I trimmed them, washed them and put planted them in my tank. We'll see how well they grow.

  • 5
    Posted by Person on 5 Dec 2022

    Plant is healthy, green, and had no damage to the leaves.

  • 4
    Italain Vallisneria
    Posted by Danny A Karr on 2 Sep 2022

    Some of the leaves werre turning brown. Kind of thin. can't wait for them to get big

  • 4
    Nice val
    Posted by Valerie Elson on 12 Jul 2022

    Nice leaves on this Val but roots had turned brown. Val is pretty hardy. So I'm sure it will regenerate

  • 4
    Posted by Rena on 12 Jul 2022

    Long and very healthy. Good root base. Already took and started to grow. So pretty as a background plant.

  • 5
    Posted by Taylor on 7 Jun 2022

    They were all bright green and healthy ! 10/10 would buy again !

  • 5
    Italian Vallisneria
    Posted by Erika on 27 Apr 2022

    Came fast and healthy. Zero snails. One week in a new tank being cycled and plants are very healthy.

  • 5
    Plants arrived in timely manner and were in great shape.
    Posted by Richard Connally on 24 Apr 2022

    Would definately recommend the Italian Val. Already showing signs of growth and look great in my planted tank.

  • 4
    Hopefully they aren’t too far gone
    Posted by Jessica Payson on 11 Feb 2022

    These showed up and initially looked on the verge of melting, I salvaged what I could, we’ll see

  • 5
    vallisneria spiralis
    Posted by Charles Watts on 16 Dec 2021

    i had this less then 2months l ready had to trim it back twice. i've planted the cuttings, seems to be doing alright

  • 3
    Posted by SUSAN EDWARDS on 13 Dec 2021


  • 3
    Posted by SUSAN EDWARDS on 13 Dec 2021