Fittonia, aka, nerve plant

Fancy the Fittonia

When I saw that the Fittionia is also known as the mosaic plant, I knew it would be the first official plant in my pet-friendly plants project. The mosaic has long been a meaningful metaphor to me — many different pieces that make a cohesive whole. Life itself is a mosaic.

And life is what this plant exudes: deep green with silvery veins, chaotic growth reaching up, tumbling out of its hanging basket. Best of all, the mosaic plant enjoys low light, perfect for my bedroom, where this bit of tropical greenery will have to make its home.

By any other name

Also known as the nerve plant, jewel plant, silver nerve, and silver threads, the mosaic plant is a member of the genus Fittonia, family Acanthaceae.

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Fittonia plants are non-toxic

My favorite pet-friendly plants resource, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, reports that Fittonia is non-toxic, though, of course, the tag from Costa Farms warns me that the mosaic plant is not intended for human or animal consumption.

Keeping track of plant care

fittonia-plant-diaryMy history of plant care is sketchy at best, so I’m using the Plant Diary app to keep track of my greenery and set reminders for care. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Where to find a mosaic plant

I got my Fittonia at my local Lowe’s store. I was pleasantly surprised at their indoor plant selection!

This particular plant was raised by Costa Farms, which also seems to have a website full of useful information and plant ideas.

fittonia features, from Costa Farms

Fittonia features, from Costa Farms

What do you think?

Have you ever had a mosaic plant? What suggestions do you have for growing it? I’d love to hear any input – drop a comment or email me.