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Re:Those darn red plants (attempt #2)

    Dear Joe Reiter,

The red plant shown is Alternanthera sessilis, and it doesn't belong 
underwater.  the leaves will drop off, just as they are doing, and 
the stems will grow very slowly until they get to the water surface, 
and then they will be able to grow leaves again.  The plant can not 
produce leaves underwater.  The only thing you can do to help them 
out is get them into a terrarium.

If you can, get a red variety of Alternanthera reineckii, which does 
just fine underwater, or Ludwigia glandulosa.

Paul Krombholz in soggy central Mississippi, missing out on some 
freezing rain predicted for the northwest counties.