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Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H1a (heated greenhouse - tropical)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

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

nerve plant

Family

Acanthaceae


Fittonia are evergreen perennials with rooting stems forming mats of opposite, attractively coloured or veined leaves, and insignificant white flowers seldom seen in cultivation

Argyroneura Group is a creeping evergreen perennial with rooting stems and broadly elliptic, rich green leaves with an attractive tracery of silvery veins. Flowers insignificant, white

Other common names

  • nerve plant
  • silver fittonia
  • silver nerve
  • silver net plant
  • silver threads

Synonym(s)

  • Fittonia argyroneura
  • Fittonia verschaffeltii var. argyroneura

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in indirect light. When in growth water moderately, keeping just moist and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Keep barely moist in winter

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by tip cuttings with 3 or 4 pairs of leaves in spring or by layering in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free