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Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Brown, Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

prayer plant

Family

Marantaceae


Maranta are evergreen, rhizomatous perennials with blunt, broadly elliptic leaves often attractively marked or veined in contrasting colours; insignificant small white flowers are borne in racemes just above the foliage

M. leuconeura var. kerchoveana is an evergreen perennial to 30cm in height, forming a clump of broad, oval mid-green leaves with grey-green markings and conspicuous brown blotches either side of the midrib. Flowers white, insignificant

Other common names

  • rabbit tracks
  • rabbit's foot

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in well-drained soil in partial or deep shade in a sheltered, frost-free area. Grow under glass in loam-less or loam-based compost in bright filtered light in half-pots or pans to accommodate their shallow root system. Provide high humidity

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, division or take basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free