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Fishbone Plant

Ctenanthe burle-marxii

("ct-en-ANTH-eh burl-marx-EE-eye")

Fishbone Plant, or Ctenanthe burle-marxii, is a compact herbaceous plant with strongly patterned leaves borne on long stems. The leaves are mid green with dark green stripes, resembling the arrangement of fish bones. They have deep red undersides.

Flowers are occasionally produced, but they are insignificant and can be cut off.

The pronunciation of Ctenanthe looks quite daunting. The best way to think about it is to imagine saying actenanthe, but mouthing a silent 'a' at the beginning. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots - read more here.

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Pets & Children

Some sources say non-toxic, others say slightly toxic. Keep away from pets and small children to be on the safe side.



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Country of Origin

South-eastern Brazil

Habitat Conditions

A plant of the rain forests, this species is well suited to shady, warm conditions. The leaves are thin and prone to damage if they are not regularly misted with tepid water. This plant is suitable for most locations in the home and will do well in the relatively humid conditions of a bathroom or kitchen.

Plant Care


Low - medium. Keep out of direct sunlight.


Keep the soil moist at all times, but not wet


There is no need to prune this plant. If any leaves are damaged, cut them back to the base of the petiole (leaf stem) with a sharp knife or scissors.


Add a weak fertilizer dose to the water every time you water the plant.

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs and two-spotted spider mites are occasional problems. Spider mites can cause permanent and severe damage if they are not controlled as soon as they are seen by removal with a damp cloth or paper towel. Mites are deterred by humidity, so regular misting is beneficial.

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