Sonerila margaritacea

This is one of 70 species of Sonerila distributed from India to China and southward to Indonesia. A low-growing sub-shrub, it reaches a height of only 30 cm (12 inch) in the wild and even less in cultivation. The leaves are broadly ovate, dark green with silvery white patches and minute dots on the upper surface and pale green flushed with red on the underside. The inflorescence is an umbel composed of about ten pink flowers. It is a warmth-loving plant that requires a temperature of 20°-25° C (68°-77°F) throughout the year. It needs a light position.

High humidity – 70 per cent – is essential. It grows well in a bottle garden or terrarium. Water regularly. When watering, take care not to make the leaves wet. Propagate by means of stem cuttings.

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