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Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green, Red and Dark Bronze 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

herringbone 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. erythroneura is a rhizomatous perennial to 30cm, forming a clump of broadly elliptic, dark olive-green leaves with a bright green central zone and bright red midrib and main veins

Synonym(s)

  • Maranta leuconeura 'Tricolor'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based or loam-less potting compost in bright indirect. Water moderately when in growth and keep just moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth. In frost-free areas may be grown outdoors in most moderately fertile, humus-rich soils in deep or partial shade

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 13 to 18 °C as soon as ripe or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Glasshouse whitefly and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free