Fittonia does well in terrariums, hanging baskets and on desk and table tops.This pretty, colorful nerve plant grows wild as a ground cover in the jungles of Peru.Fittonia is a remarkably pretty plant with its dark green leaves and decorative veining.
These qualities make the nerve plant the perfect choice for brightening up various small nooks and crannies around your home or office.
Fittonia Care & Quick Facts
These plants hail from South America (mostly Peru). Their botanical name honors Sarah May and Elizabeth Fittonia who were well-known botanical authors during the 1800s.
Botanical Name: Fittonia verschaffeltii [fit-toe’ nee-ah ver-schaf-felt’ tee-ii]
Size & Growth: Nerve plants do not typically grow more than 6″ high, but they do tend to spread.
Foliage: The leaves are 2-4″ long and may be either oval or elliptic. They are typically olive green with bright, colorful veining. Leaves grow in pairs on opposite sides of rambling, mat-forming, freely rooting stems.
Flowers: In the best conditions Fittonia produces long, reddish or white bract spikes bearing small, insignificant white or yellow scentless flowers. This is a rare occurrence for houseplants.
Light Requirements: Nerve plants do well in low or medium natural light or fluorescent lighting. They can also do well in bright indirect light. Direct sunlight will cause the leaves to shrivel.
Water Requirements: The soil should be kept uniformly moist. If Fittonia dries out, it collapses. Be careful not to overwater, though. Too much water and/or poor drainage causes yellowed leaves.