Ctenanthe are related to Maranta, Calathea and Stromanthe. All are known and cherished for their extraordinary decorative foliage and are sometimes called Prayer Plants due to the way the leaves close upwards in a prayer-like fashion in the dark.
The Ctenanthe setosa Compact Star has silver leaves with a lovely bold, dark grey-green, herring-bone striped pattern and purple undersides.
The Never-Never Plant is also known as Fishbone Prayer Plant and in parts of Europe they are also known as Stromanthe.
Light: Bright, indirect light. Will tolerate some degree of shade; however insufficient light may cause loss of variegation in the leaves. Too much light on the other hand will cause the leaves to fade.
Water: Keep soil moist at all times. Allow the top of the soil to dry out slightly before watering.
Temperature: Normal room temperatures from 16-24°C but can cope with as low as 13°C.
Humidity: High humidity levels are an advantage. Stand on a wet pebble tray to improve humidity and mist frequently.
Feed: Apply a weak dose of a liquid fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season. View Plant Nutrition
Care tips: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove accumulated dust. Do not use leaf shine as this will damage the foliage.
Height and Growth Rate: Around 50-70cm with quite a vigorous habit.
Toxicity: Considered slightly poisonous. Keep away from children and animals and take care when handling.
Origin: Tropical Brazil.
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