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Nerve Plant

Fittonia albivenis

Also known as

Mosiac plant, Painted Net Leaf

White Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis) by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Nerve Plant Overview

Fittonia albivenis is an evergreen perennial plant from the Acanthaceae family. In cultivation, it is usually grown indoors as a houseplant, but it can be used as a groundcover in mild climates. It's grown for the strikingly-veined and pink or green foliage and commonly known as a Nerve Plant or Mosiac Plant. This plant is a mat-forming, creeping plant with rooting stems. This little plant is perfect for shady spots! F. albivenis has two well-recognised groups - Verschaffeltii and Argyroneura - of plants that are distinguished by their pink/red leaf or silver-white veins. Coping well with low light, these houseplants may be placed in a shady spot out of the direct sun. Check regularly if it needs watering; the easiest way to tell is by popping your finger in the soil and feeling yourself! Native to South America, 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. These plants have earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Nerve Plant

How to propagate Nerve Plant


Propagate in spring or summer, with additional heat, by division or stem cuttings.


Can be done from spring until summer.

Special features of Nerve Plant

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

For indoor containers, use a loam based potting compost.

Pot plant

Other uses of Nerve Plant

Indoor plant.