Fittonia are native to the warm, humid regions of South America, especially Peru.

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Fittonia are spreading evergreen perennials growing 10–15 cm (4–6 in) tall. Sporting dark green leaves with veins of white. Its spreading habit makes it ideal as groundcover. It is not frost hardy therefore best grown in a greenhouse or as a houseplant. Without water for a few days, this plant will “faint” but is easily revived with a quick watering. ‘Pink Ruby Lime’ has lime green leaves with pink and dark pink veins


  • As beautiful as they are, fittonia are difficult to raise as conventional houseplants; they require very high, constant humidity (typical to a terrarium), but cannot stand stagnant conditions.
  • Fittonia also dislike strong, direct sunlight and will quickly suffer from burn.


  • Do not over water or let soil dry out
  • Keep soil moist and try prevent pot sitting water, water from above and let it drain through.