Nerve plant

Fittonia verchaffeltii | Also known as: Silver fittonia, Silver nerve, Silver net plant, Silver threads | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

An evergreen tropical creeping perennial, fittonia verschaffeltii is famed for its extraordinarily attractive foliage rather than its insignificant red-tinged white blossoms. Generally dark green in colour, its leaves are small and ovate but their veins are clearly marked, usually in red, though the colour can vary between cultivars. Its foliage is undoubtedly the inspiration behind such common names as the nerve plant, the mosaic plant and the painted net leaf. A tender plant, it is a lover of moist, peaty potting soil and high humidity, making a heated greenhouse ideal. Climate permitting, it makes for an excellent addition to a rockery or gravel bed. Pruning is not usually necessary, but pinching off stems helps maintain shape.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.15
Spread [m]
  • 0
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • layering
  • stem tip cuttings
Growth habit
  • Creeping
  • Mat-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z14-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Garden spaces
  • Ground cover
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years