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Pattern Takes Root: Plants with Design

January 17, 2019

The decorating world’s passion for patterns has spread to houseplants, with colorfully variegated and veined plants upstaging their plain-leafed cousins. 

“There’s definitely a growing interest in houseplants, and lately, more and more people are looking for varieties with interesting leaves that have contrasting colors and patterns,” says Cory Cumming, plant buyer for Cactus & Tropicals in SLC and Draper. He offers pointers on four of the many eye-catching plants he is bringing into his greenhouses.

1. DRACAENA LEMON SURPRISE

(Dracaena Deremensis)

Vibrant stripes define the long, curling leaves of this compact, easy-to grow plant. It needs to dry out between waterings, so it’s easy to maintain. It also tolerates low light, making it perfect for dim spots indoors

2. RATTLESNAKE PLANT

(Calathea Lancifolia)

Elongated, strap-like leaves feature polka dots tops and purple undersides. Like most calatheas, it likes humidity, so don’t place it near heater vents. Keep soil moist, but never soggy

3. NERVE PLANT

(Fittonia Albivenis)

Aptly named for the netted, nervous-system-resembling pattern on its quilted-like leaves, this creeping plant is compact, making it ideal for tight spaces. It needs frequent watering and medium light.

4. LEMON LIME PRAYER PLANT

(Maranta Leuconeura)

A high-contrast, herringbone pattern makes the leaves appear to glow. It makes a great hanging plant that loves bright light and slightly moist soil. It’s named for the way its leaves fold like praying hands at night.

Get more garden inspiration here! 

Brad Mee
Editor-In-Chief
January 15, 2019

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