ctenanthe pilosa – ctenanthe

the genus ctenanthe is another member of the big marantaceae family. ctenanthe pilosa is native to brazil. there are cultivars with colored leaves available.

ctenanthe pilosa is folding up its leaves during the night. if they are staying on daytime this can indicate that it’s placed too to sunny or needs some watering.


ctenanthe pilosa can be placed on a bright to light shaded place without direct sunlight. some morning and/or evening sun will be tolerated. the colored cultivars shouldn’t be placed to dark for building up theyr leaf color.

it can be planted in a good regular potting mix. keep it constantly moist but avoid overwatering such as drying out. wet legs can cause root rot.

a half diluted water soluble fertilizer can be given monthly in spring/summer and every six to eight weeks during fall/winter. there is no need to feed for the first six to eight weeks if you have recently re-potted.

ctenanthe pilosa likes it warm and should not be placed under 15 °c (59 °f) for a longer time. spraying it over with water increases humidity and keeps its leaves free from dust.

ctenanthe pilosa
ctenanthe pilosa “magic mosaic” is a variegated cultivar


propagation can be done by division, for example when it needs to be re-potted.