They are shade loving herbaceous plants related to Calathea, Maranta and Stromanthe – all popular foliage plants for the shade. This slight movement happens because of the changes in humidity, temperature, moisture and other factors. Hi, is that Ctenanthe lubbersiana ’Variegata’ ? These plants have performed well despite some erratic rainfall in recent years. • Zone: It can be planted outdoors in zones 10 and 11. • Height: 2-3.5 ft, depends upon the species. These are the most popular Calathea varieties you can grow in your home. Partially fill the pot with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. The leaves are strong and stand stiffly away from the main plant. They are such great survivors. I had it in a sunny, dry, warm spot for a long time and moved it to a lowlight spot in the bathroom a week ago, it seems better. Thanks so much for the great information for this denizen of the almost frozen north! It flowers little white flowers sometimes. This is one of the more vigorous Ctenanthes. Regarding growing the plant in South Australia, this will depend on your local climate. Choose a spot indoors that is well lit, but away from direct sunlight like a windowsill or coffee table. I grow many Ctenanthes in my garden. Ctenanthe burle-marxii ‘Amagris’ is low and grey, Ctenanthe burle-marxii ‘Amagris’ makes a great low maintenance groundcover. Calathea ornata ‘Sanderiana’ is a cultivar or variety bred from Calathea ornata. Calathea Burle Marxii Care Size and Growth. Ctenanthe lubbersiana ‘Golden mosaic’ has slashes and blocks of creamy yellow splashed over the leaves and provides highlights in shaded spots. Thank you so much for an interesting and informative article on Ctenanthe, Arno! Any suggestions? This feature is an easy way to identify the plant. Unfortunately many nurseries are bit lax in their plant ID and this can be confusing to the public. Established plants have a ‘layered’ effect. This plant is known as the “Flowering Calathea”. started by RosinaBloom last post by RosinaBloom Nov 07, 2019. Ctenanthe oppenheimiana ‘Tricolor’ provides striking colour in the shade, Ctenanthe setosa has striking purple undersides to the leaf. If you live in a warm climate, you just may have, and you wouldn’t even know it. Also Ctenanthes like an acid soil and many South Australian soils are quite alkaline. It includes some stunning species. Its white flowers are borne on short spikes. Since these are tropical plants, they have very specific requirements for high humidity, temperatures and water. The undersides of leaves are often colored in very bold colors, such as purple. Yes, it has been a while since I saw C lubbersiana for sale in a nursery, even here in Queensland. Native to south-eastern Brazil, they grow in somewhat cooler climates than many Calatheas and also climates that can have a seasonally dry winter and spring as well as drier or wetter years. The cultivar ‘Amagris’ is a chance mutation of Ctenanthe burle-marxii in a Belgium tissue culture laboratory. I grow everything I can from veggies to plants. Having individually potted up the Ctenanthes and being watered a few times they look much better; once the soil under the Lychee tree has been improved they will go in there and with a little irrigation hopefully thrive. Some species are clump-forming species. There are many more and I’m sure they will also prove to be great garden and interior plants. A ‘cult’ interior plant during the 60’s and 70s, this plant is a little trickier to track down these days. C amabilis produces many branching stems well above the ground and is thus more of sprawling plant. They belong to the family Marantaceae, often known as prayer plants, as many species fold their leaves up as if … It has obviously been in the country for many years. Your email address will not be published. Regarding propagation of the plant, it is by division. In recent weeks we have had some good rain and the Ctenanthes, which had rolled up leaves, are now looking fresh and lush again. However too much water is a more common problem for house plants than too little. Perhaps you should try planting some of your ‘excess’ in some of those difficult shaded spots in your garden where nothing else will grow well. Yes I agree, long rein Marantaceae. my garden is warm coastal Sydney, and it has made itself quite at home! These are tough plants that are often relegated to the back corners of shaded gardens or office interiors. Calatheas are produced … 0 … Ctenanthe lubbersiana ’Variegata’ has a finer tracery of golden venation through the leaves. Sometimes, people refer to Calathea plants as “Prayer Plant”. I have checked a few of the databases I commonly refer to and have not found the Ctenanthes you have mentioned above listed as the same plant. Thank you for your very informative article, I had no idea there was such a variety of this under utilised group of plants. The Maranta leuconeura species has some of the most strikingly beautiful, decorative leaves in the plant kingdom. 4. Here are some of our favorite varieties! I rarely touch them – but then I am also keen for the clumps to increase in size! While not eye catching it provides a dependable lush green backdrop. Sadly the plant is not readily available commercially any more, which is a great pity. Great to see so many species and cultivars displayed with images. Glad to hear you are growing Ctenanthe in South Australia. I love that they grow so well in the shade and look good en mass. However, now that I have tried to verify this supposition, I can find no references.

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