Ctenanthe pilosa

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There are a few varieties of Ctenanthe but the Pilosa variety, which is also known as Golden Variegated Ctenanthe, is one of our favourites.

It's unusual foliage is elliptical with green, yellow and white abstract patterns that really brighten a partially shady indoor or outdoor corner. It’s one of those dependable foliage plants that fill a gap.

This beauty has a lovely habit of developing larger leaves as she grows in stature, rather than producing lots more little leaves. She’ a real trooper too, beyond hardy, drought tolerant and just keeps going even if you forget about her.

Water Pilosa when the soil is dry and don’t leave the roots standing in water. If you can wipe the leaves free from dust occasionally those abstract patterns will pop out.

Quick Facts: 

  • What to use me for: I look good indoors brightening up your office or home. Want that tropical jungalow look, then I am perfect for that.

  • I grow to: I’ll get 50-90cm high and 50cm wide.

  • I am currently: 10-15cm tall

  • Where to place me: I like a bright indoor position or part dappled shade outdoors I’m an excellent understorey plant and provide a lush tropical feel throughout your garden.

  • How far to space me: 50cms of space please so I can stretch out my luscious leaves.

  • Soil Conditions: I’m happy in most fertile well-drained soils. A yearly application of fertiliser outside is much appreciated or a good quality indoor liquid feed.

Learn how to care for your Indoor Plants read more via our blog page 'The quick start guide: Indoor plants'


Our plants are beautifully grown, mature tube stock with well-developed roots. They are guaranteed sun-hardened, can be planted directly into the ground and are excellent performers for your garden.

We carefully package your plants into a customised box to ensure safe transport, healthy plants and delivery to your door

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