Cryptocoryne parva is commonly known as Dwarf cryptocoryne which is one of the smallest species of Crypts. It has green, grass like leaves making it a suitable foreground and midground plant. Compared to other Crypts; it has a very slow rate of growth and can require more light. Cryptocoryne parva from Sri Lanka is the smallest of all Cryptocoryne (only 3-6 cm tall and a rosette less than 5-8 cm wide). It is one of the few species that does not significantly change its leaf shape and color depending on cultivation conditions. It needs more light than most other Cryptocoryne because it almost loses its leaf blade under water. So it must never be overshadowed by other plants. Individual plants should be planted a few centimeters apart, and after about six months they will form a cohesive low group of plants. When planting the Cryptocoryne Parva it needs to be planted in fairly fertile substrate with adequate amounts of fertilizer, iron, potassium, and nitrogen. Without these nutrients this plant is susceptible to developing holes in its leaves.