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4" Monolena Primuliflora


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Strange Monolena Primuliflora is also inelegantly called the "ant" plant for its habit of sticking on jungle trees in Ecuador and Peruvian jungles and advertising for jungle ants to come and move in with their little families. It constructs an odd, special, little planty structure the ants find irresistible to ignore. The messy ants drop crumbs the plant then eats and everyone's happy. Not to worry, they only attract jungle ants and your ants won't be interested. This bushy, little plant has colorful, triangle shaped leaves of bright emerald green with burgundy shading between the veins on top and the undersides are scarlet with lime green veins. Edges of the leaves have teeny sawteeth. The fat, tuberous base the plant grows out from becomes large and prominent and potato-like with age. The name Primulaflora means flower like a Primrose, which it has; graceful, slender stalks bear simple, pink petaled flowers above the leaves. Put this all together and it sounds like we're making it up, but here it is!

Quick Care Guide:

  • Water - Med/High (4):  Prefers more water than most, but soil can dry out periodically. Use a spray bottle to mist and increase humidity levels without soaking the soil and roots.
  • Light - Medium (3):  Plant prefers natural, diffused light. Can be placed in a spacious living room. Indirect light preferred. No direct sunlight on leaves.
  • Difficulty - Medium (3):  Not too difficult to keep happy, but does require some attention.

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