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Ant Plant

The ant plant, Myrmephytum selebicum, is a unique variety of plant and only one of five in the family Rubiaceae. Their base is hollow with sticky sap, which makes them the perfect symbiotic partner for ants in the jungle. Not to worry, they won’t invite these guests into your home!

How to care for your Ant Plant

Use these instructions to care for an Ant Plant. This guide will tell you how to water an Ant Plant; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Ant Plant

LIGHT

Your Ant Plant will prefer indirect bright light. Too much light will scorch the leaves, but it will not tolerate low light conditions.

WATER

Water only when 50-75% of the soil volume is dry. This succulent-like plant does not tolerate soggy soil. Always water thoroughly and discard any excess water in the saucer. 

HUMIDITY

Your Ant Plant does fine in average household humidity, but provide extra humidity if the air gets too dry.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ant Plant prefers temperatures between 65-85°F. 

FOOD

Feed once in the spring and once in the summer with a general-purpose fertilizer at half strength. Always fertilize on damp soil. No fertilizer is needed in the fall and winter. 

TOXICITY

This plant is considered toxic to humans and pets if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

The Ant Plant’s base is hollow with sticky sap, which makes them the perfect symbiotic partner for ants in the jungle. Not to worry, they won’t invite these guests into your home!

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What's an Ant Plant?

Botanical Classification: Myrmephytum selebicum

About

The ant plant, Myrmephytum selebicum, is native to the warm tropics of Indonesia. They are epiphytic in nature, meaning they grow on trees. Their base, or caudex, is hollow with sticky sap, which makes them the perfect symbiotic partner for ants in the jungle. Not to worry, they won’t invite these guests into your home. In return for a nice home, the ants provide the plant with fertilization.

Fun Fact

The Myrmephytum selebicum is not the only plant referred to as an “Ant Plant”, while it is only one of five in the family Rubiaceae. Other ant plants can be found in the Dischidia genus and fern genus Lecanopteris.

Pictured Left: Ant Plant

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