BOTANICAL NAME: Ctenanthe ‘grey star’
COMMON NAME: Grey Star
DESCRIPTION: Leaves liner-oblong or ovate–oblong 450mm long on stems up to 1.5m. Under side of leaves purple to red. Top side green /gray with distinctive veins.
LIGHT/POSITION: Usually requires medium to high light but avoid intense exposure to sun or sunny windows as wilting results. Photosensitive, needing to be turned regularly.
WATERING: Keep moist to wet, depending on light. Tends to brown at the tips of leaves if allowed to dry out. This plant consumes large amounts of water.
CLEANING: Keep free of dust. Light oil polish if no direct sunlight on leaves.
PESTS: Rarely a problem but spider mite and mealybug are pests to be on the look out for in hot dry air conditions, or damp dark positions.
DISEASES: Not usually a problem, although root or stem rot can occur if plants are kept constantly wet.
FERTILISING: Rarely required in interiorscape.
PRUNING: Remove spent leaves.
PRESENTATION: Striking as a specimen plant.
GENERAL INFORMATION: There are many Ctenanthe varieties suitable for interiorscapes.