English name:Never Never Plant
Latin name:Calathea burle marxii 'Blue Ice'
About me:I was named after Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, and I have gorgeous fish bone markings on my leaves.
Useful to know:
I am native to Central and South America.
I can grow to about 15" in height quite easily but taper off a little after that.
I like a lot of diffused light, but direct sunlight will cause the leaves to fade and lose my precious markings. Because I grow on the canopy floor, I can tolerate shade, but I grow much better with indirect light.
I like my soil to be moist, but I am also susceptible to root rot, so don't let me sit in water. Think little and often as a watering policy.
I prefer warm to high temperatures, ideally between 18-23°C but I can cope with as low as 15°C. Keep me away from draughts.
Apply a weak dose of a nitrogen rich foliage fertiliser once or twice a month during the growing season.
Wipe my leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust, so that I can breathe properly.
I like humidity so please occasionally spray me with water.
Good news: I am pet friendly!