Ctenanthe 13-16°C/55-61°F; Brazil

Closely related to the calatheas which they resemble and with which they are often confused-possibly not without reason when one considers the difficulty of pronunciation. Both genera require similar treatment and conditions-plants should be kept moist, shaded and fairly warm if they are to do well. Wherever possible it will be an advantage if the plant pots can be plunged to their rims in moist peat. The best of the ctenanthes is C. oppenheimiana ‘Tricolor’, a compact tufted variety with narrow leaves that are banded in silver on the upper surfaces and a deep shade of maroon on the reverse. Propagate by dividing mature clumps at almost any time other than during colder winter months.

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