Dorstenia contrajerva features silver markings on a green leaf, the new growth is particularly irridescent with a silver sheen. Typically found growing in shaded understories of rainforests and mangroves, their creeping rhizome following the soil level and becoming thick with large lobed leaves.
The species name "contrajerva" is the Latin form of "contrahierba," a name for plants used for treating poisoning and venomous bites and stings - Hailed for its many medicinal uses, especially for treating snake bites, this plant is an unusual but easy grower.
Current Pot Size: 80mm, 120mm
Synonyms: Snakewort, Goose Foot Plant, Wart Flower, Drakes Foot.
Origin: Central - South America
Light: Full Shade to Med/Low Light - Categories 5-6 (please see our blog on plant light requirements)
Soil: Well draining, moisture retaining - Indoor mix (please see our blog on soil requirements)
Fertiliser: As directed on your fertiliser of choice. Fortnightly or monthly during the growing season
(please see our blog on plant food)
Watering: Don't over water, whilst not letting the plant dry out completely. Let it dry to 80% before watering again.
Maintenance: They like humidity and to never dry out completely otherwise the leaves will become crispy.
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