Fittonia are part of the Acanthaceae family and are native to the tropical rainforests of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. They are often called 'Nerve plants' because of the reticulated veins that run through the leaves. Fittonia are named in honour of Elizabeth and Sarah Mary Fitton, 19th century authors of 'Conservations on Botany'.
Height: Approximately 20cm from base of pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Ideally 18°C, Fittonia like a warm environment, they do well in terrariums or bright bathrooms and kitchens
Light: These plants need medium light, perhaps a shaded window.
Water: Keep Fittonia soil damp; these plants are prone to fainting but will perk up after a little drink.
Air humidity: Fittonia need higher humidity, this can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Feeding: Feed plants every two weeks during the growing period, diluting the fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
These plants are non-toxic.