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Its only illegal to transport it across state lines. I think in some states, it's illegal to retail. Ask your local club if you want some. Oregon isn't really REALLY strict, so you should be fine.

As for replacements:

Hygrophila tiger
Hygro bold
Polygonum hydropiperoides

The two hygro's have more color. Most the time, you find hygro polysperma sunset, which has a virus which gives it a really bright and beautiful red color. In my opinion, this plant is next to impossible to kill. I once ripped it all from my tank, thought I took it all out but half a leaf was buried. From that half leaf, over a months time I got eight, 6' stems.

Good luck!

-Caton
 

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Limnophila rugosa is the best option. Looks similar, bushier, stays green, less leggy, more manageable. Yes, a Limnophila. Aside from the hydropiperoides, the rest mentioned are weedy ('bold' apparently IS polysperma, or at least something very close to it).
 
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