Ctenanthe Compact Star - Leaf Envy Ctenanthe Compact Star - Leaf Envy
Ctenanthe Compact Star - Leaf Envy Ctenanthe Compact Star - Leaf Envy
Ctenanthe Compact Star - Leaf Envy Ctenanthe Compact Star - Leaf Envy


Ctenanthe Compact Star

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Striking leaves adorn green stripes and deep purple backs. Read More

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Nursery Pot

+ £0.00

Your plant will come with a plastic nursery pot which has drainage holes. 


Windsor Sage

£35.00+ £28.00

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Elizabeth Shell

£48.00+ £38.40

Soft, shell colour with curves and a well-grounded base.  


Windsor Rust

£35.00+ £28.00

A crown-like base and regal form, Windsor in rust is a natural earthy colour tone which will liven up a space, and...


Dalston Charcoal

£40.00+ £32.00

Clean lines and cylindrical, the Dalston is cool yet functional as it has the added benefit of drainage holes and...


Dalston Sea Spray

£40.00+ £32.00

Clean lines and cylindrical, the Dalston is cool yet functional as it has the added benefit of drainage holes and...


Fillage White

£14.00+ £11.20

Made from seagrass with a white thread line, this planter has a plastic liner for ease of watering.

Ctenanthe Compact Star


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Medium size details:

• Nursery Pot Ø: 14cm

• Fits our medium pots

• Recommended decorative pot Ø: 16-18cm

• Approx plant height: 60cm

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Striking leaves adorn green stripes and deep purple backs.

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Plant attributes

+ Pet-Friendly
+ Air-Purifying
+ Low-Light


Some indoor plants are poisonous to pets if ingested and this plant is pet safe and oh so fur friendly. Chew away!

Characteristics Non-toxic to pets & children


Plants can detoxify your home by absorbing airborne toxins, dusts and germs found in your household. We spend a huge amount of time indoors, so why not give your home a healthy breath of fresh air with this air purifying and stylish beauty.

Characteristics Detoxifying power

How to care

How to care

How to care



Ctenanthe Plant Care

Light Requirements

Medium, indirect sunlight

Ctenanthe thrive in medium, indirect sunlight but tolerate lower light levels too. Bright direct sunlight can cause the stunning colours on their leaves to fade, with prolonged exposure likely to burn and scorch their leaves.

Watering Schedule

Weekly watering

Ctenanthe enjoy weekly waterings, allowing the top 2’ of soil to dry out partially. In winter, we recommend watering less frequently to prevent overwatering and root rot. This plant is not very drought tolerant, and extended periods of dryness will cause leaf edges to brown.


High Humidity

Your Ctenanthe will also appreciate being placed in a humid environment, which you can create with by misting it frequently, placing it close to other plants or on a pebble tray partly filled with water. Ctenanthe thrive in steamy bathrooms and kitchens.

Sad Plant Signs

Yellowing leaves, drooping leaves, brown/black spots

Yellowing leaves and burnt tips suggest your plant has been scorched by direct sunlight or watered with tap water containing high levels of fluoride. Limp, drooping leaves which are brown and curling: suggest your plant is thirsty & dry. Brown or black spots: Overwatering.

Ctenanthe Plant Care

Plant Bio

Plant Bio

Zebra Plant, Ctenanthe Compact Star, Never Never Plant

Native to Brazil in South America, the Compact Star is a species of perennial plant in the Ctenanthe and Calathea family, known as prayer plants. If you’re looking to place an elegant houseplant in a spot that doesn’t receive bright sunlight, the Ctenanthe is an excellent choice. They will also appreciate a humid environment and thrive in steamy bathrooms and kitchens. A symbol of new beginnings, the English saying "to turn over a new leaf" originates from this plant since they close their leaves at night and re-open in the morning for a fresh start!

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Style tip

Table Tops

Let your Ctenanthe take centre stage on a side table or table top in your living room


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- Plants guaranteed healthy for 30 days after arrival, minor cosmetic blemishes to be expected. 

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