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Wisteria (Hygrophila Difformis)

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Wisteria (Hygrophila Difformis)

Hygrophila Difformis, also known as Water Wisteria or Synnema Triflorum, originates from India and Thailand. It produces finely branched leaves that have a delicate appearance and are unusually and irregularly shaped. Under good conditions, Wisteria will grow fast and the plant is prized in the aquarium hobby for its ability to quickly absorb excess nutrients from the water column, keeping your aquarium clean of pollutants and tank inhabitants healthy. 

Live aquarium plants like Wisteria provide numerous benefits to the aquarium. They look beautiful but also produce oxygen and remove harmful compounds from the tank’s water, ensuring a healthy environment for fish, shrimp, snails, and even beneficial bacteria. They also provide shelter, spawning surfaces for fish, and prevent algae.

Care & Maintenance for Wisteria

This unusual aquarium plant's leaf shape is highly influenced by aquarium water temperature and lighting. At lower temperatures, the plant will produce smaller and thicker leaves but at higher temperatures, the leaves will grow larger and more divided. In addition at lower intensity lighting, the plant's lower leaves may drop off and the spacing between the leaves will increase. At higher intensity lighting, the plant will appear more compact.

  • Minimum Lighting Required: Medium
  • Temperature Range: 71-86°F
  • Tank Placement: Background

Hygrophila Difformis must be provided with adequate space to thrive. It looks best when planted in well-spaced groups of four to six stems. The plant can be propagated from cuttings or by side shoots. When cutting or trimming the plant, use sharp scissors like our aquascaping curved scissors.

Wisteria is also available as potted.

Plants at Modern Aquarium

At Modern Aquarium, we strive to bring you healthy, beautiful specimens 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 specimen, or the best starter plants for your tank, reach out to us any time!

Reviews (32)

  • 3
    Beautiful but doesn’t look like Wisteria pictured
    Posted by Jana Stinman on 18 Dec 2023

    Pictures has lace like leaves. Which is what I was expecting…. What I got has more of a mint leaf shape. Still Wisteria just more broad leaf than I was hoping for.

  • 5
    My new favorite!
    Posted by Debra Gadebusch on 7 Jul 2023

    My new favorite background plant. I ordered two potted & got two really nice plants. I planted as recommended & man have they grown! It's only been a week and they have grown an inch or more already. Very healthy plants! I'll order more but not until cooler weather. I love the liquid Co2 as that I ordered too!

  • 5
    Satisfied Customer
    Posted by Joe on 19 Dec 2022

    I ordered this several weeks ago. The plants arrived in beautiful condition and have grown steadily. I've even had to trim and replant some of them.

  • 5
    Finally, success!
    Posted by Lorenzo Henderson on 21 Sep 2022

    I'm relatively new to planted tanks and simply couldn't find plants that would "thrive". Two months ago I did some research and wisteria looked like a good gamble. I'm in California and nowhere local seemed to carry it. The plants I got from Modern Aquarium were in great shape, even from the other side of the country, and took right away in my tank. The plants I got were emersed, but there was no melting of the existing leaves, it just started growing immersed leaves and growing offshoots. I've already had to do some trimming and used the cuttings to fill out other areas of my 75 gallon tank. The results I've gotten from these plants is so successful and so opposite of other plants I've tried its scary LOL. But I love them, I wish I could add a picture to my review!

  • 5
    Posted by Exactly as described on 30 Aug 2022

    I got a nice healthy portion. It was easy to plant and is thriving in my microfish tank.

  • 5
    Super Healthy Water Wisteria
    Posted by Sean Nash on 9 Aug 2022

    This is a great plant to get a ton of photosynthesis happening in your tank... STAT. The specimens I received were ideal. Four-ish stems per bunch, 8-9" tall, and packed with healthy algae-free leaves. This was my first order from Modern Aquarium, and I will certainly order more in the future!

  • 5
    Wisteria plant
    Posted by Sylvia on 1 Mar 2022

    They arrived in a perfect shape put them right in my tank and my fish absolutely love them!

  • 3
    Posted by Judy Kildare on 17 Feb 2022

    Not crazy about this plant but I think I can make it work

  • 5
    Posted by G Conrad on 16 Feb 2022

    These came healthy, vibrant and a very good size. They will be a beautiful addition to the aquarium. Modern Aquarium is the best place I have ever purchased aquarium plants from.

  • 4
    Posted by Ken on 8 Feb 2022

    Good size plants.

  • 5
    hiding space
    Posted by Gregory Roeder on 18 Nov 2021

    * Anacharis (Egeria Densa) - Set of 2 Bunches * Bacopa (Bacopa Caroliniana) - Set of 2 Bunches * Limnophila Hippuridoides - Set of 2 Bunches * Wisteria (Hygrophila Difformis) - Set of 2 Bunches * Cryptocoryne Beckettii - Set of 2 Plants * Kleiner Bar Sword (Echinodorus sp. Kleiner Bar) * Cryptocoryne Wendtii Red - Set of 2 Plants * Anubias Nana Petite on Lava Rock * Anubias Nana on Lava Rock (Large) * Dwarf Hairgrass on Coco Fiber Mat 3" x 3" * Monte Carlo on Coco Fiber Mat 3" x 3" * Dwarf Baby Tears on Coco Fiber Mat 3" x 3" I ordered all of the above plants in one order and they all arrived in perfect condition. All of the plants were carefully packaged and clearly labeled with their names. I’ve never had an order that arrived so green before. None of the plants had wilt or die back or spots.

  • 5
    Water Wisteria
    Posted by Lacy on 8 Nov 2021

    This is a fun little plant. It came in good condition, with lobe shaped leaves. It grows very quickly!! Since being in my tank, the leaves have started to appear more separated/feathery (not sure the right word for it). It’s really pretty. Very easy to propogate. I am experimenting with using it as a carpeting plant.