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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterMoist


Bertolonia genus. They are small evergreen perennial plants with creeping stems. This genus consists of 14 species. They are valued mainly for their mottled, textured and sometime hairy leaves and the terminal clusters of small pink or purple flowers. They are frost tender, min 15C but preferably warmer. They will require a fairly shaded position and high humidity, although the soil should not be waterlogged. Propagation is by tip or leaf cuttings in the spring or summer.




South America

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage mainly.


Under glass, grow in loamless potting compost with added grit, in bright filtered light. In growth, water freely and maintain high humidity, but keep foliage dry. Keep moist in winter. Outdoors, grow in humus-rich soil in partial shade.


Tip or leaf cuttings in spring or summer or by seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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