This variable species contains most of the best foliage forms of
It usually grows to about 12 in (30 cm) in height and spread and
produces its inconspicuous white flowers with foliate spots in
slender spikes during summer.
The dark green leaves are usually about 6 in (15 cm) long.
They have silver veins and the reverse side can be purple or
In the cultivar Erythroneura, the herringbone plant, the leaves are
velvety and very dark black-green with a brilliant green irregular
zone along the midrib.
It also has bright pink veins and a deep red reverse. Kerchoviana,
known as rabbit tracks, has oval, light green leaves with brown
blotches on either side of the central vein; the insignificant white
to mauve flowers appear intermittently.
Flowering colors: Mauve, White
Cultivation: They like humidity and bright light without direct
In tropical areas they can make a good ground cover under large
Propagation is usually done by dividing established clumps or from
basal cuttings struck on bottom heat.
Medical use: Almost all parts of the plant have medicinal
properties, being used for fever, calming nerves, heart problems,
colic, gout, healing wounds, menstrual problems, childBlrth and
health tonic. Bark employed as tonic, astringent, antiperiodic,
alterative and febrifuge. Leaves solves problem on rheumatism,
angina and pharyngitis.