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Nerve Plant

Fittonia spp.

Also known as

Mosaic Plant

Acanthaceae leaf by NathanBeach (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Nerve Plant Overview

Fittonia is a small genus containing 2 species of evergreen perennial plant from the Acanthaceae family. Originating from South America, they are found in tropical rainforest habitats. Commonly known by the names Nerve Plant or Mosaic Plant. They are mat-forming, creeping plants with rooting stems and strikingly-veined, often colourful foliage. The pink leaved Fittonia is particularly fun. In cultivation, Nerve Plants are usually grown indoors as houseplants but can be used as a groundcover plant in mild climates. They make excellent additions to a terrarium or indoor hanging baskets, enjoying ample humidity and partial to full shade for ideal growing.

How to propagate Nerve Plant

Cuttings

In spring, take tip cuttings with 3 or 4 pairs of leaves.

Layering

Can be done from spring until summer.

Division

Special features of Nerve Plant

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Nerve Plant

Grown mainly for their foliage. Is useful as ground cover.