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Fittonia

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fittonia

Name 

Pronounced FIT-tone-ee-a. Common names: snakeskin plant, mosaic plant

Description 

Foliage plant with leaves which are covered in a network of veins which vary depending on variety.

Origin 

Colombia and Peru

Family 

Acanthaceae, acanthus family

Care tips 

Enjoys a bright to shady position (no direct sun). During winter to retain leaf colour, move to a brighter position. Avoid fluctuating temperatures. Prefers warm temperatures all year, never below 18°C/64°F. A high level of humidity is preferred - stand the pot in a saucer of wet gravel. Use tepid water, keeping the soil damp (not soggy). The leaves will shrivel if the plant dries out and the stems can rot if soil becomes too wet. Feed fortnightly during summer.