Hygroryza aristata is the only grass species used in aquariums. This small shrub usually grows to a height of between 2-5 feet. Its glabrous leaves have a smooth, rigid upper surface. Full sun and a warm, humid atmosphere are ideal for its growth, making it well-suited for USDA Zones 9-11.
Hygroryza's inflated leaf sheaths help it stay afloat in ponds and other water features. It also endures boggy soils, making it a suitable choice for low-lying, wet areas. Even in colder climates, this plant can still be enjoyed as its versatility allows it to survive in pots.
When caring for Hygroryza in a pot, lightly moist soil should be maintained and saturation should be avoided. Mulch should be kept at the plant's base to insulate the roots and enhance the humidity. Good drainage should also be ensured to protect it from rotting. Additionally, frequent misting of the foliage with water helps the plants thrive, particularly during winter when it should be placed in a sheltered area. With the right care, Hygroryza can make a vibrant, long-lasting addition to any garden.