Ludwigia brevipes is a fast growing plant, with a thick stem, and long, slender, reddish leaves. Moderate light levels are the most important factor for the plants’ success, and added macro and micro nutrients and CO2 are beneficial to the plant. If nitrate levels are low and/or phosphate levels are high, the plant’s shoots will tend to develop orange-red tips. Frequent trimming gives the plant a bushy look. Shoot cuttings are used for propagation.