Ctenanthe burle-marxii var. obscura
Ctenanthe burle-marxii var. obscura is a flowering plant in the Marantaceae family and native to tropical regions of South America. It is known for its attractive foliage and is popular as an indoor plant or as a garden ornamental in warmer climates. Ctenanthe burle-marxii var. obscura is a small, compact herbaceous perennial, growing in a cluster and forming a dense, bushy appearance. It grows close to the ground and is a great ground cover for a shady spot.
It is valued for its stunning foliage. The leaves are large, elongated, and oval-shaped, growing up to 12 inches in length. They have a glossy texture and are a rich, dark green color with a unique leaf patterning. The upper surface of the leaves features bold, green-colored stripes that run parallel to the veins. The undersides of the leaves are a contrasting deep purple color. This striking contrast between the green and purple creates a visually appealing display.
Ctenanthe burle-marxii var. obscura exhibits nyctinasty, meaning its leaves fold up in the evening and unfold during the day. This natural behavior adds an element of movement to the plant and can be quite captivating to observe.
It prefers bright, indirect light, thrives in warm and humid conditions, and needs consistent moisture, ensuring it remains evenly moist but not waterlogged. High humidity levels are beneficial, so misting the leaves can help create a suitable environment. (Pot size: 1 gallon)