A plant with extremely interesting foliage but rather difficult to grow. It needs above average humidity and warm temperature.
bright to moderate with at least 150 foot candles of light
evenly moist, To obtain the high humidity this plant needs it should be grown in a terrarium or use a pebble lined tray filled with water.
I always grow mine near a heat vent on pebble lined trays.
prostate growing plant, creeps over the surface of the growing media rooting where the nodes touch the media
small plant, prostate, creeping
Trim back if it gets shabby.
Native to tropical rain forests of Columbia and Peru.
Genus name honors Elizabeth and Sarah Mary Fitton who wrote Conversations on Botany published in 1817.
The difficulty in growing this plant is that it needs high humidity and warm temperature. For many years I thought it was called the "Nerve Plant" because I got nervous trying to keep it alive. Although my mother had one growing for a few years with little or no special care. Go figure!!!
Notes & Reference
#2-Exotic Plant Manual, #18-House Plant Encyclopedia, #144-Missouri Botanical Gardens web site