|Variegated Artillery Fern|
Tenth in a series,
Common name: Variegated Artillery Fern
Botanical name: Pilea microphylla variegata
Height: 6” Width: 4”
Why would you want it?
It is a colorful foliage plant, perfect for Miniature Gardens. Of course, not a Fern --- It has a lacy top and shoots its seeds giving the name -- Artillery Fern. The variegated form does not shoot seeds.
What is its best feature?
The pink and white variegation on a normally green plant gives the impression that it is flowering.
How would you grow it?
It is a house plant that needs bright to indirect light. Water when the soil is dry to prevent wilting. Extreme dry will kill the plant. It grows half as fast as the green form so it stays in bounds for Miniature Gardens.
What would you do with it in a Miniature Garden?
Variegated artillery fern is perfect for a tree-form. It can grow with a main stem like a tree trunk and form a branching head to make a canopy.