Never-Never Plant 'Ctenanthe'

Ctenanthe or Never Never Plant has silvery leaves with mid-green regular stripes that look painted on. You don’t need flowers when foliage rocks like this!

Oppenheimiana is an easy grower that enjoys bright indirect light. Pop one on your office desk, bathroom window sill, coffee table, dining table, kids’ rooms – she loves it anywhere she can hide from direct light.

Oh, and in case you were wondering its pronounced tee-NANTH-ee

Botanical name: Ctenanthe Oppenheimiana


Ctenanthes like bright indirect light. If there is insufficient light, new leaves appear solid green rather than patterned with attractive colours. If there is too much light, the colours in the leaves fade.


Keep the soil evenly moist but never soggy. Ctenanthes do not like to dry out, and do not like cold or hard water. Fill your watering can full of water and let it sit overnight to offset any chlorine in the water.


Ctenanthes like high humidity. If the air is dry, place your Ctenanthe on a pebble tray filled with water. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.


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Photo by Rae Fallon

February 22, 2021 — Jasmyn Woodford