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fittonia -

I instantly fell in love with the white-veined variety of fittonia, as soon as I saw it online. (“Albivenis” means “white veins”, even though the veins aren’t always white!) Can you blame me? This is why it’s also called the Mosaic Plant. Fittonia are well known as drama queens — if they go too long without water, they “faint” and lay flat across the dirt. Don’t worry, though! If you give them a drink, they’ll come back to life pretty much immediately. Because of this, and their love for humidity, it makes a perfect bathroom or kitchen plant — like...

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ruellia -

Ruellia makoyana, or the monkey plant, is one of the most underrated houseplants out there. It often seems like no one has even heard of it! It's also called the Monkey Flower, or the Trailing Velvet Plant, due to the velvety nature of its stunning leaves. The genus Ruellia is a rather large genus of flowering plants that are known as either ruellias or, more commonly, wild petunias, since their flowers look like petunias. The species name makoyana is named after Lambert Jacob-Makoy, a Belgian botanist who sponsored numerous trips into Brazil to collect plants for study, and was one...

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