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Stromanthe sp., Never-Never Plant

Stromanthe sp.

Never-Never Plant
Family: Marantaceae
Origin: Brazil, Honduras and Costa Rica
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Stromanthe genus contains two species grown indoors. S. amabilis and S. sanguinea.

S. amabilis has compact leaves which are 15-25cm long and 5cm wide. S. sanguinea has larger glossy leaves which are up to 30 to 50cm long and around 10cm wide. Both have a creeping rhizome (a thicken stem which grows hoizontally below or on the soil surface) and produce fanlike sprays of leaves. Water moderately, mist often as needs humidity. Enjoys a medium light.

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