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Ctenanthe “Fishbone Plant”

Latin name

Ctenanthe burle-marxii


(“ct-en-ANTH-eh burl-marx-EE-eye”)

Common name

Ctenanthe burle-marxii


South-eastern Brazil

How easy am I to care for?

Buy one of my cousins from the nursery:

Fishbone Plant, or Ctenanthe burle-marxii, is a compact herbaceous plant with strongly patterned leaves borne on long stems. The leaves are mid green with dark green stripes, resembling the arrangement of fish bones. They have deep red undersides.

Flowers are occasionally produced, but they are insignificant and can be cut off.

The pronunciation of Ctenanthe looks quite daunting. The best way to think about it is to imagine saying actenanthe, but mouthing a silent ‘a’ at the beginning. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



Low to medium light. Keep out of direct sunlight.


Keep the soil moist at all times, but not wet


There is no need to prune this plant. If any leaves are damaged, cut them back to the base of the petiole (leaf stem) with a sharp knife or scissors.


Add a weak fertilizer dose to the water every time you water the plant.

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs and two-spotted spider mites are occasional problems. Spider mites can cause permanent and severe damage if they are not controlled as soon as they are seen by removal with a damp cloth or paper towel. Mites are deterred by humidity, so regular misting is beneficial.

Mill Pond Nurseries,
Mill Road,
CM22 6AA

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