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A bold tropical specimen for the indoor gardener needing a strong statement plant in that well-lit room.
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Venturing into the world of the Marantaceae family is like finding an author whose books you really enjoy reading and, happy day, is really prolific. Commonly referred to as prayer plants because of the leaves' tendencies to fold upward at night, marantas, calatheas, stromanthes and ctenanthes (pronounced TEE-nanthes or tee-NANTH-ees) are all related with similar traits from one species to the other, and with what seems like dozens of varieties within each species. The Never Never Plant (no idea why it's called that, even after searching the internet), or Ctenanthe setosa can grow two to three feet tall and about as wide, producing deeply veined gray leaves (like calatheas) with wine red undersides (like stromanthes). As is true to the genus, this tropical houseplant likes high humidity, well-lit environments, handles underwatering better than soggy roots, and is considered pet-friendly. Footnote: This variety is different from Ctenanthe 'Grey Star.'
|Common Name||Never Never Plant|
|Mature Size||2 - 3 feet tall and wide|
|Growth Rate||slow to moderate|
|Optimum Temperature||60°-80° F|
|Characteristics||Houseplant, pet-friendly, air purifier|
|Light||Well-lit room, no direct sun. May lose variegation if too dark a room.|
|Water||Water thoroughly when surface soil is dry|
|Uses||Houseplant, indoor container planters, specimen|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|