Spathicarpa gardneri, Spathicarpa

Spathicarpa gardneri

Family: Araceae
Origin: Brazil
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterRegular waterOrnamental foliageUnusual color

Spathicarpa gardneri is an evergreen, ornamental small plant, endemic to Brazil. It grows between 2-5 ft tall and 18-24 inches wide once fully established. The foliage is relatively sparse, but it features several interesting characteristics. The leaves are deep, glossy green, and offer an unusual color due to their mottled white veins that contrast the green. It is also very ornamental and provides an interesting aspect to any garden.

Spathicarpa gardneri prefers semi-shade to partial sun and should be protected from the midday sun during the warmer months. It also prefers regular watering, but make sure not to overwater, as this can damage the roots. A moderate watering once a week during the summer is usually enough to keep it healthy. It is hardy to USDA zone 9-11 and can be grown in pot in cold regions as long as it is kept in a sheltered area during winter.

Spathicarpa gardneri should be fertilized with a balanced organic fertilizer once a month during the warmer months of the year. It should also be given a light pruning after the initial flowering season to keep it looking neat and tidy and promote new growth. It should be protected from heavy rains and strong winds, which can cause damage to the foliage.

Spathicarpa gardneri is a great addition to any garden, and its unique foliage and unusual colors make it an especially attractive choice for gardens looking for an eye-catching feature. It is also relatively easy to care for once established, making it a great option for those new to gardening.

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