Plant Description

Ctenanthe oppenheimiana

Ctenanthe oppenheimiana Tricolor

I like all Ctenanthe plants, though they do tend to expand fairly quickly into big clumps, so have to be reined in every so often. A recent addition to my garden is Ctenathe oppenheimiana 'Tricolor' (ht 60 cm or more), with irregular creamy white blotches on grey-patterned green leaves and distinctive cerise undersides. I have paired this with Iresine herbtii 'Brilliantissima', which has foliage of exactly the same cerise colour, to form a pleasing pair. This plant grows well in shade; even dry shade. It is tough and undemanding. They grow well in large pots.

Though other Ctenanthe can be rampageous thugs, I have never found this one to spread too far.


Ctenanthe oppenheimiana
Plant Family: Marantaceae

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