Alternanthera reineckii ''lilacina'' forms dark-red leaves. In open aquariums, it will grow up towards the surface and growth improves considerably if there is an addition of CO2 to the tank. It is important to note A. reineckii ''Lilacina'' needs plenty of light to grow. If there is a shortage of micronutrients it will results in pale leaves. As a stem plant, it grows better in groups.