I bought this endearing little plant about ten years ago. For me this is a truly charming plant. I adore its narrow green leaves, they may appear to be fairly ordinary but when you touch this foliage it’s a delightful surprise to discover that these leaves are sumptuously soft; the undersides of every leaf are smooth and silky, they feel like the softest velvet.
Begonia maculata is a tender plant from South East Brazil. These interesting plants are grown for their stunning foliage, which is dark green in colour and liberally decorated with marvellous silvery-white coloured polka dot markings over the top sides of the leaves; this area of the leaf contrasts with the rich burgundy colouring found on the undersides of Begonia maculata foliage.
Physalis peruviana is a tender, herbaceous perennial plant that produces absolutely delicious tasting orange berries, which are quite exquisitely wrapped in these gorgeous papery lanterns. Also known as Cape Gooseberries, Ground Cherries, or Inca Berries, Physalis peruviana is a lovely plant, with a slightly shrubby habit.
I find that Physalis peruviana plants don’t grow very tall. Physalis peruviana plants eventual height depends on the seed the plant was grown from, as well as the plant’s age, and the overall growing conditions the plant has enjoyed.
Pilea microphylla is a low growing tender perennial; it’s a native plant of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and nearby countries. A very small-leaved plant, with leaves measuring just 1-2mm (0.04-0.08″) in size; at first glance, Pilea microphylla looks quite similar to mosses or ferns. This diminutive plant would be an ideal choice for an indoor fairy garden!
Plants thrive in a humid environment; Pilea microphylla is an ideal plant to include in a terrarium.
Ilex is the latin name for the genus of plants we often refer to as hollies. This is an interesting and diverse group of plants, that includes evergreen and deciduous plants, that form small shrubs, tall trees, and everything in between – depending on the Ilex species or cultivar grown.
Ilex are native plants of the United Kingdom, Europe, the Mediterranean, the Americas, China, North America, South East Asia, and other areas around the globe.
Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Big Leaf’ is a Fittonia that produces larger sized leaves compared to most Fittonia cultivars. This particular cultivar features leaves that are around four times the size of a Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Bambino’ leaf. The two plants are very similar in their appearance in all other respects, the obvious difference being the size of each Fittonia cultivar’s leaves.
Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Bambino’ is a cute little Fittonia. This particular cultivar is smaller in size than many other Fittonias, producing leaves that are around a quarter of the size of one of a Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Big Leaf’ specimen’s leaves. The two plants are very similar in their appearance in all other respects, the obvious difference being the size of each Fittonia cultivar’s leaves.
Barbosella dusenii is a super cute, mini miniature orchid species. These plants really are tiny. Barbosella dusenii plants have a naturally low growing, creeping stature. If you gave this plant just a cursory glance, you might think that this orchid has something of a resemblance to moss, as the two have a similarly prostrate nature in their growth and form .
Iresine herbstii makes a striking houseplant. Its distinctive red stems are complemented by nicely contrasting green leaves, with their attractive cream veining.
These plants thrive in warm, humid bathrooms. Mist your plant with water at regular intervals, to maintain a humid atmosphere. Iresine herbstii is a tender plant that requires protection from cold weather, draughts, dry air, and harsh, direct sunlight.
Macroclinium chasei is a mini-miniature sized orchid species from Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia. Another epiphyte – a plant that grows upon another plant, Macroclinium chasei plants produce small, fan shaped leaves and tiny white flowers. Macroclinium chasei originates from a wet and very humid environment. This diminutive Macroclinium species grows upon the twiggy branches and trunks of trees, growing in hot, evergreen, tropical forests.
Schlumbergera, are a group of epiphytic cacti that are more commonly known as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cactuses, so called, as these Schlumbergera plants usually flower at these celebratory times of year: in November, December, March, and April, though plants can flower anytime from October onwards. Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter cactuses make super houseplants, which thrive inside our homes, flourishing in rooms that offer a range of conditions, from soft, bright but indirect light, to semi shaded, or shaded conditions.
Leptotes unicolor is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that originates from Brazil and Argentina. This is an easy going little orchid, that is happiest growing mounted on a branch, a stick, or a piece of cork bark; this miniature orchid favours growing in a location where the plant can bask in bright, but indirect light. Leptotes unicolor flourishes in a range of temperatures, from cool to warm.
Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana is sometimes called the rabbit tracks plant, referencing this tender perennial plant’s leaves, whose leaf markings are similar to those made by a rabbit. This evergreen plant hails from the rainforests of Brazil, where this tender plant grows in a very warm and humid environment.
Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana requires bright, filtered, diffused light. Harsh light scorches this plant’s leaves, so look for a position where your plant can bask in bright, indirect light.
Maranta leuconeura var. ‘Fascinator’ is an absolutely fabulous houseplant! You’ll find close relations of Maranta leuconeura var. ‘Fascinator’ growing in the Brazilian rainforest, where these magnificent Maranta plants grow in a very humid, warm, almost steamy environment!
Maranta leuconeura var. ‘Fascinator’ produces strikingly beautifully, colourful leaves, which are quite mesmerising, especially when you study them closely – they really are gorgeous!
Dryadella edwalii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that originates from the cloud forests of Brazil, where this orchid grows upon trees and other plants growing in these very humid areas of forest. Although this is a mini orchid with compact blooms that can sometimes go unnoticed; Dryadella edwaliiis a floriferous orchid species, which produces orangey-brown speckled flowers.
Dryadella edwalii favours growing in a shaded position, this orchid enjoys growing under a low level, filtered and diffused, indirect light, within in a very humid environment.
Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘White Tiger’ (PBR) is an evergreen perennial, a tender plant that is suited to growing indoors as a terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden plant.
Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘White Tiger’ grows best when it’s planted in moist, well drained soil or compost, in a warm (15C – 27C (59F to 80F)), humid environment, under low light levels.
Verbena bonariensis, is an utterly fabulous plant! However little room I have to garden, I always make room for Verbena bonariensis. This plant is so accommodating; it’s tall, yet light and airy, and never claustrophobic. Verbena bonariensis is happy to grow by itself or up close, in amongst other plants in the border. Plants thrive in full sunshine; Verbena bonariensis also does well in partial shade.
Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Joly Josan’ (PBR) is a small, spreading, tender plant that thrives when it’s grown in a shaded location, in moist, but well drained, compost, in a humid environment. This Fittonia is an ideal bottle garden, terrarium, or vivarium plant.
Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Joly Josan’ (PBR) is a small, creeping, tender plant, that grows to about 15cm (6 inches) in height.
Fittonia albivenis ‘Mosaic White’ is often known by the plant’s common name of the nerve plant – this name references the leaves of this tender plant’s white veining, which stands out against the lovely green of this plant’s leaf. Fittonia albivenis ‘Mosaic White’ is an attractive, easy to grow plant, which will help to brighten up any terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden.
Pilea depressa is a prostrate, mat forming, creeping plant, which produces an array of teeny, tiny leaves. This is an attractive plant at first glance, but when you make time to take a closer look at Pilea depressa‘s miniature leaves, you’ll discover that this plant is quite simply charming! Pilea depressa‘s minuscule leaves feature a delicate scalloped edging, which is utterly divine.