Fittonia, Mosaic Plant, Nerve Plant, Painted Net-Leaf, Silver-Net Leaf

Fittonia albivenis

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fittonia (fit-TOH-neeuh) (Info)
Species: albivenis (al-bih-VEN-iss) (Info)
Synonym:Fittonia argyroneura
Synonym:Fittonia verschaffeltii
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:



6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:

White/Near White


Bloom Characteristics:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Fullerton, California

Merced, California

Bartow, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Covington, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Brevard, North Carolina

Mount Holly, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

Boerne, Texas

Richmond, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 14, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've never had success with growing this species as a houseplant. It seems to want more humidity than I can provide, and more regular watering.

In my climate, this is a good plant for a terrarium or for summer bedding in shade. (Boston Z6a)


On Oct 14, 2016, rossbynum from Houston, TX wrote:

I've tried my hand at these a couple of times, and each time I don't do too well. I have a lot of African Violets which only require water about once a week (or until they droop a little). These plants can't be on that schedule because they need more, I end up under-watering and they get crispy. I think it's more me than the plant, but I don't have the best luck with these.


On May 5, 2009, catevala from Spokane, WA wrote:

I found a nice specimen of this plant yesterday at a local nursery. The newer leaves on it were what to my eye looks like sunburn. That is the leaves had some areas that were basically white with no coloration. I am waiting to see what the newer leaves look like once they have grown im my conditions.

Judging from the previous posters' references to "fainting" I think that it is too much light; at least I hope so! I'd like my plant to "straighten up and fly right"!

Mine will be grown in a terrarium, where it should be right at home. I do know that the roots are very delicate and fibrous and need to have a very friable soil in which to spread and grow.


On Mar 3, 2009, atm1 from Detroit, MI wrote:

This is a nice plant to have if you don't mind a plant you need to keep "moist" and pretty much babysit. I had mine "faint" on me one time too many--the last time it did NOT recover! Also they do become scraggly if not maintained. Very pretty, but not a plant for a busy person.


On Nov 30, 2008, emw121199 from Bronx, NY wrote:

I bought mine at the NY Botanical Gardens for a reasonable price. It has "fainted" on me many times, despite my best efforts to water before it gets to this stage. Heavy sun causes fainting, and I have found this plant does best for me in medium light. I have it 8 feet back from a partially obstructed south window; my only complaint is that it is growing in a sort of a big raggedy mess - I should probably prune. I water 2-3 times a week, even now in winter. Mine is dark green with white veins and small leaves, very lovely. I recently picked up a much smaller one in a 4" pot with larger leaves but the same coloring - it is doing very well, and I plan to buy a few more soon. Not a good plant if you don't like to water frequently.


On Aug 28, 2007, cruz4him from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

I'm a newbie at keeping plants (I'm a struggling-to-recover gangrene thumb!) and my fittonia is growing under filtered flourescent light at the office.

I got this plant in May at Home Depot but it's only been in the last 2 weeks that I've been taking better care of it, misting it several times a day to get the humidity levels up.

After looking at the photos on this site, I noticed that my leaves aren't nice and flat, most are curling in around the edges.

Am I doing something wrong? I think the leaves have more or less been this way since I first got the plant.


On May 6, 2006, marie516 from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

I love this beautiful little plant! One issue-- for some reason mine has a much more flattened, sprawling form than any in the photos. It looks like it wants to either climb or spread out as a ground cover, which is a problem since it's in a pot on my desk!


On Jan 9, 2005, kniphofia from (Zone 8a) wrote:

There are around 15 varieties of this plant available now, some having beautiful pink veined leaves. I have a lovely 'Juanita' specimen which I inherited from a work colleague. She'd had 2 weeks vacation during which time her co-workers hadn't watered it and it was literally 3 sticks stuck in the soil. Now it is flourishing.


On Dec 2, 2004, Ulrich from Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

Of the various varieties 'argyroneura' is silver-veined.


On Nov 7, 2003, frigid75 from Reno, NV (Zone 6a) wrote:

Moist being the operative word. They are nice and lush-looking as long as they're happy. If they get even a bit dried out they tend to "faint" though. Luckily, if you catch it fainting a bit of water restores it straight away. I got mine half price at the hardware store because it was totally limp in the pot. I could tell it was fine because the leaves were all still a lovely dark green.

It spruced up magnificently and I now keep it in a violet pot. Those kind of pots give it adequate moisture (most of the time) without making it soggy.


On Feb 3, 2003, vroomp from Marietta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

These easy to grow tropicals make for a little interest in ground cover. Easily propagated, they are deffinatly a conversation piece in any garden. I have both varieties of this plant which are red or green leaves. I use mine as ground cover for spring through summer. Not being hardy, I winter them in the greenhouse. Placed in pots it makes a wonderful house plant, if kept moist and in medium light