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Green Nerve Plant

Fittonia albivenis (Argyroneura Group)

Also known as

Nerve Plant

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

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Green Nerve Plant Overview

The Green Nerve Plant, Fittonia albivenis is an evergreen perennial plant from the Acanthaceae family. In cultivation, Nerve Plants are usually grown indoors as houseplants, but they can be used as groundcover in mild climates. This little plant is perfect for shady spots! Commonly known as a Nerve Plant, it's grown for the fantastic foliage, coloured green in this plant, with striking white veins. The Argyroneura Group of plants is distinguished by their pale leaves and white-silver leaf veins in comparison to the pink or red veins seen in the Verschaffeltii Group. They are mat-forming, creeping plants with rooting stems. Flowers are white and non-showy. 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 South America, where it grows naturally 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 Green Nerve Plant

How to propagate Green Nerve Plant


Can be done from spring until summer.


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

Special features of Green Nerve Plant

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant

For indoor containers, use a loam based potting compost.

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