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Alternanthera ficoidea Yellow

Wondering where this plant got its name? Look for the dark brown markings on its leaves and you'll notice a cross pattern. It doesn't mind being a little potbound, but do stop it from completely drying out.

Here's a tip: If you see brown, crispy leaf edges, give the plant more humidity. If you see yellowing or browning leaves, cut back on the amount of water you give it.

Why We Love It: It's an old-fashioned plant that reminds us of our grandmothers. Plus, it's extra easy to grow.

Name: Begonia masoniana

Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 65-75 degrees F.; keep soil evenly moist

Size: To 12 inches tall and wide

Note: The roots and stems can cause painful irritation of the mouth, lips, or throat if eaten or chewed by children or pets.

Peacock Plant

Peacock plant is one of the more commonly available types of Calathea, but you're likely to find several other species in garden shops. All have silver and green markings on upper leaf surfaces with a reddish purple reverse, making them attractive when viewed from above or below. Give peacock plant warm temperatures and high humidity for best results.

Why We Love It: Calatheas are some of the boldest, most dramatic foliage plants around.

Name: Calathea makoyana

Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 70-85 degrees F.; keep soil evenly moist

Size: To 18 inches tall and wide

Prayer Plant

Green prayer plant (pictured) is sometimes called rabbit tracks for its purplish brown leaf markings. Closely related red prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura erythroneura) has bright red leaf veins along with the markings. Leaves of both forms fold together in the dark, creating the impression of praying hands. Prayer plant appreciates high humidity and even soil moisture except in winter when it goes semi-dormant and need slightly drier conditions.

Why We Love It: It's a fun plant for children because the leaves open and close at night. The big leaves create a nice accent to rooms and they fit in with a wide variety of decorating styles.

Name: Maranta leuconeura

Growing Conditions: Medium light; 60-75 degrees F.; keep soil evenly moist, drier in winter

Size: To 2 feet tall and wide

Nerve Plant

The fine tracery of pink, red, white or silver veins on leaves give nerve plant its common name. It's a great way to add color to a brightly lit kitchen or bathroom because it appreciates high humidity and moist soil.

Why We Love It: It combines well with other plants in dish gardens and terrariums.

Name: Fittonia albivenis Verschaffeltii Group

Growing Conditions: Medium light; 65-75 degrees F.; keep soil evenly moist

Size: To 1 foot tall and wide

Rex Begonia

Hundreds of cultivars of rex begonia are available in a broad array of color combinations of silver, white, pink, red, purple, and green. Many have unique leaf shapes and forms as well. Although rex begonia is grown primarily for its dazzling foliage, it may produce pink or white blossoms in bright light.

Why We Love It: It's a time-tested favorite of generations of gardeners thanks to its flamboyant foliage.

Name: Begonia rex selections

Any green thumbs here?

2010-07-27 11:11:49 by --

My neighbor moved, and was throwing out a big indoor plant/tree. So I saved it. When I got it, it was half dead. Now it has grown a few new leaves.
Here is my issue: the plant has four "stalks" growing. Two are healthy and growing new leaves. Two are black and slimy, the tops are still green but those are slowly dying.
To save the plant, do I leave the dead parts alone, or cut them, or what? I have no idea what kind of plant it is.

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