Sweet Dreams™ Exotica Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe setosa)

Sweet Dreams™ Exotica Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe setosa)
Sweet Dreams™ Exotica Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe setosa)
Sweet Dreams™ Exotica Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe setosa)
Sweet Dreams™ Exotica Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe setosa)
Sweet Dreams™ Exotica Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe setosa)

Sweet Dreams™ Exotica Never Never Plant (Ctenanthe setosa)

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Height 12 - 36 in.

Exotica is a prayer plant, the common name for plants that tend to fold their foliage up as night falls. Exotica's striking foliage is silver-green with olive green margins and veins that create a subtle stained glass window pattern on top, while the underside and stems show a deep maroon-red. This variety is happiest in warm, very high humidity spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, or sunporches - though you can create a humid environment for it in most spaces with humidifiers or pebble trays. It doesn't need much light however, and giving it too much sun exposure can result in losing some variegation, so filtered or indirect light away from windows is best.

  • 1-3 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide at maturity
  • Prefers high humidity with temperatures between 60-85 F
  • Requires low to medium light, near east/west facing windows or interior rooms
  • Maintains oval-shaped leaves with olive green framing and veins that surround a silver-gray middle and hide a maroon-red underside
  • Great for humid spaces, low-light spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, sunporches, interior rooms, tabletops, desks
  • Variegated foliage, foliage interest, low-light tolerant

Care Information

  • Temperature: For optimal performance, keep at 60-85°F (15-29°C).
  • Humidity: They need moderate to high levels of humidity with leaf damage occurring when humidity levels drop to 40% or less. A pebble tray may help add humidity if needed, but a humidifier is a better option.
  • Light: Ctenanthe prefer shady areas with bright shade to low light.
  • Soil: Ctenanthe also prefers to have moist, but not wet soils. If the soil gets too dry it can cause leaf curl, which is a symptom of dry soil. Add some perlite and/or orchid bark to help fluff up the potting mix and provide better drainage.
  • Watering: They should not be watered with tap water, unless it has been filtered. Distilled water is a good option as well. The plants are sensitive to impurities and salts in tap water, which can cause leaf edges to burn.
  • Watering: Water when the top inch or so of soil is dry. If your soil is very dry you may want to soak your pot in water until the soil is rehydrated. It can take half an hour or more to rehydrate the soil. Allow the pot to drain once the soil is moist through. Do not allow the plant to sit in water over extended periods of time.
  • Growing: Feed once per month at half strength when plant is actively growing.


  • Ships with decorative Seagrass container, in a pot with drainage holes
  • Houseplants are 8-12 inches tall at shipment, varies by season and plant

*Disclaimer - Protect furniture when watering. Not for human or animal consumption.*



  • Height: Medium
  • Height: 12 - 36 in.
  • Habit: Mounded
  • Container Role: Filler
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Color: Grey
  • Harmful to: Pets
  • Light Requirements: Medium to Low
  • Watering Requirements: Average
  • Humidity Level: High
  • Needs Drainage: Yes
  • Soil Type: Indoor Potting Soil

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