The Never Never Plant Burle Marxii

The Never Never Plant Burle Marxii

Well I never.

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This foliage oozes sophistication. The leaves are a blend of silver and green, overlaid with strong, fishbone pattern in emerald green. The leaves have extra depth with a shadowy, red to purple underside.
Very similar to the Peacock Plants, or Calathea in both appearance and growing conditions. The oval leaves grow to about 30cm on narrow, colourful stems. They clump together forming a handsome thicket of foliage.
Ctenathe can be grown outdoors in a protected spot in sub and tropical climates.
SIZE (HxW): 30-100 x 40-70cm
I SEE THE LIGHT: They grow best in a bright, indirect light – if you need a light to read by during the day in their position, it is too dark. If it is too bright, their leaves tend to curl and may scorch.
I NEED A DRINK: Average. Water well in spring/summer and only weekly to every other week in winter – they don’t like to be cold Ctenathe will grow best with some humidity. If you live in a cold climate, your heating in winter might dry the plant out (leaf tips will turn brown or just drop off). You can provide some humidity for your beloved plant, by placing them over a plate with rocks and water, this will naturally form humidity around it. Or if you want to get very fancy and grow a few of these tropical treats, a humidifier is a good investment – they are also good for you. Another option is to grow them in a terrarium.
I WILL SURVIVE: Add a diluted liquid fertiliser every other watering over spring/summer, just follow the directions on the pack. Give the leaves a spruce up with a cloth if they become dusty. Snip out any spent or damaged leaves to keep your plant happy and healthy. You can just trim the damaged part too, then remove the leaf as the foliage bulks up. Gently clean the leaves with a soft cloth or tissue to keep them free of dust – this will keep them looking good and happy and healthy. Repot every couple of years to renew vigour in the plant.

Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm



Botantical name

Ctenathe amabilis








Cool to Tropical


Australia wide

Frost hardiness

Frost Tender


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Supplied as



7.5 cm

Water needs