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Nerve Plant

Fittonia gigantea

Also known as

Giant Leaved Nerve Plant

Fittonia gigantea - Botanischer Garten Freiburg - DSC06291 by Daderot (CC0)

Moderate watering

Nerve Plant Overview

Fittonia gigantea is an evergreen perennial mat-forming, creeping plant from the Acanthaceae family. It forms rooting stems and strikingly-veined foliage. Flowers are white and non-showy. In cultivation, they are usually grown under glass as houseplants but can be used as groundcover in mild climates. It's grown for the strikingly-veined foliage and commonly known by the name Nerve Plant or Giant Leaved Nerve Plant. This little plant is perfect for shady spots! The Verschaffeltii Group of plants is distinguished by their pink or red leaf veins in comparison to the typical silver-white colouring seen in the Argyroneura Group of Fittonia. Coping well with low light, this houseplant may be placed in a shady spot out of direct sun. Check regularly if it needs watering, the easiest way to tell is by popping your finger in the soil and feeling for yourself! Native to Ecuador, where it is found in tropical rainforest habitats. Humidity is important, if the air is dry, place your Fittonia on a pebble tray filled with water. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.