Ctenanthe Oppenheimiana (Never Never Plant)
The silver and green striped foliage of the Never Never Plant makes for a beautiful display, made even more dramatic when it folds it's leaves up at night showing off the red undersides of it's leaves.
From the tropical rainforests of South America, the Never Never Plant is from the Prayer Plant family, Marantaceae, who all have a stunning habit of raising their leaves at night and lowering them during the day. The Never Never Plant makes a particularly dramatic show of this, folding completely vertical at night and displaying the dark red undersides of its leaves, and unfolding it's leaves 90º or more during the day.
It grows up to 90cm in height, and spreads outwards in clumps of shoots.
The accepted botanical name is Ctenanthe oppenheimiana, but is also often referred to as Calathea oppenheimiana. It's commonly known as Never Never Plant, Giant Bamburanta.
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
Pot size: 12cm
Approx height: 35-37cm
NON TOXIC TO CATS & DOGS