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Ludovia lancifolia, Carludovica lancifolia, Carludovica disticha, Ludovia

Ludovia lancifolia, Carludovica lancifolia, Carludovica disticha

Family: Cyclanthaceae
Origin: Central America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterPalm or palm-like plant

Ludovia lancifolia is a small shrub, ranging from 2-5 feet in height, native to Central America. It has a unique feather-like leaf pattern, made up of green and yellow stripes, and produces cream-colored blooms. It is often grown as a houseplant and planted in outdoor gardens due to its distinctive foliage. This shrub prefers a sunny to semi-shady location but can also tolerate partial shade.

For best results, Ludovia lancifolia requires regular watering. During the summer and spring, keeping the soil lightly moist is best, however, during the winter months, the plant should be watered less, about once a week, so that the soil remains just moist. Although it prefers regular, moderate waterings, the plant is highly tolerant of dry air, allowing it to thrive in both humid and dry climates.

In mild climates, this plant can be grown outdoors in zones 9-11, however due to its tropical origin, cold and frost will kill it. If grown in a pot, ensure it remains in indirect sunlight and bring it inside during cold winter months and frosty nights. If left outside, ensure the location is sheltered, and snow or frost cannot easily reach it.

Though Ludovia lancifolia requires regular watering and some protection from cold weather, it is easy to grow and maintain and a perfect addition to your garden, porch, balcony, or indoor decor. Houseplant lovers and gardeners alike enjoy this unique and vibrant shrub, which has a unique palm-like appearance and can bring some tropical flair to any outdoor or indoor space. With proper growing and plant care, this plant can last for many years.

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Ludovia lancifolia, Carludovica lancifolia, Carludovica disticha, Ludovia

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