While one of the more beautiful stem plants, aromatica, is also one of the more demanding ones to grow. This plant can thrive in moderately hard water and is reasonably tolerable of water conditions. Regular pruning and planting of the cuttings is necessary to maintain an attractive stand. Otherwise the lower portions, being shaded and therefore losing leaves, will be bare and unsightly. So, it tends to work better as a midground than background plant in aquascapes. Strong light is necessary for the reddish hue to appear in the leaves. The purplish undersides of the leaves lend an interesting highlight to the midground in an aquascape.