If you're looking for a plant that will thrive in a low-light environment, look no further than a nerve plant. It's a reliable plant with striking foliage that brightens even the darkest spaces.
Nerve plants, members of the Fittonia genus, get their name from their appearance. It has dramatically contrasting foliage—deep green leaves are veined with pink, white, or red, the look of which recalls the many-veined nervous system. Nerve plants are spreading evergreen perennials, keeping that striking foliage all year.
If other plants have yet to adapt to the low light in your home, try a nerve plant. This compact, low-maintenance houseplant with distinctive foliage and minimal light requirements is excellent for placing small pots on tabletops, bookshelves, and desks in homes or offices.
White Anne Nerve Plant
The nerve plant grows beautifully as a houseplant when meeting the necessary conditions. These plants thrive in indirect, filtered light and need regular watering. Nerve plants are especially suited to dark spaces and can grow even with low light. A nerve plant's leaves will scorch if placed in a too-sunny spot, as it is susceptible to leaf burn. Keep it away from the hot sun, and give it low to medium light. Try filtering direct sunlight with a sheer curtain if placed near a sunny window.
Nerve plant species crave high humidity and grow best when their soil is kept evenly moist. If your nerve plant isn't getting enough water, it will droop dramatically. Keep an eye on it, and give it a drink of water by soaking the soil evenly, allowing excess moisture to drain from the planter. That should help your nerve plant perk up again.
During the growing season, water nerve plants every three to four days, but allow the soil to dry completely between watering. It's essential to keep the soil moist rather than oversaturate the plant, which causes yellow or limp leaves—winter or off-season requires less water, usually once every few weeks. Nerve plants are susceptible to collapse if allowed to dry out.