Dwarf Hair Grass

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  • Great Aquatic Foliage Plant
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Aquatic Watering Needs
  • Nutrient-Rich Aquarium Substrate
  • Mature Height 2-3 inches

This aquatic plant has distinctive narrow, blade-like, bright-green leaves. It has a soft, delicate texture and makes a wonderful foreground or midground plant. This plant is a great oxygenator and helps maintain the chemical balance in a freshwater aquarium. It provides great shelter and cover for fish and can be attached to most any surface. Dwarf Hair Grass is native to North America, but can be found growing in marshes and mudflats of brackish and freshwater across Europe and North America. 

Best Locations For Growing Dwarf Hair Grass

This grass-like aquarium plant will quickly form a carpet on the bottom of your tank. It prefers a nutrient-rich substrate, a pH between 6.5 and 8.5, and water temperatures from 70 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit. It enjoys slow-moving freshwater. It’s a relatively slow grower that can be pruned for shape and size. 

Dwarf Hair Grass Sunlight Requirements

This plant requires moderate to high levels of lighting. It should not be placed too close to other plants that may block exposure to light. The lower the lighting, the taller the plant will grow; higher levels of light will encourage the plant to grow more densely and quickly.

Dwarf Hair Grass Care

Just as the name implies, this spectacular plant is grass-like in its structure and color. Yet, it still offers stunning motion and movement in the circulation of aquarium water. Dwarf Hair Grass should be grown in the open as opposed to being placed under the leaves and stems of larger plants. This plant is easily propagated by dividing the primary plant into several smaller pieces. 

Watering Dwarf Hair Grass 

As an aquatic plant, Dwarf Hair Grass does not require any additional watering. This plant can thrive in average aquarium set-ups. 

Feeding Dwarf Hair Grass

Dwarf Hair Grass draws nutrients from the water in the aquarium and releases oxygen. It grows best with a liquid aquarium fertilizer and a nutrient-rich substrate.

Dwarf Hair Grass Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: pH: 6.5 - 8.5
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 2-3 inches
Mature Spread:
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Rich, Bright Green
Temperature: 70° - 82°F (21° - 28°C)
Humidity: 30 And 70%
Common Name: Dwarf Hair Grass
Other Name(s): Eleocharis Sp. 'Mini' / Dwarf Hairgrass 'Mini' Or Eleocharis Sp. Belem / Japanese Hairgrass
Scientific Name: Eleocharis acicularis
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

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