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Butterfly Plant

The butterfly plant is a fun and unique indoor plant that beginners and green-thumbed experts can enjoy. Despite its exotic look, it is actually an easy houseplant to care for.

How to care for your Butterfly Plant

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

Butterfly Plant


Your butterfly plant loves bright, indirect sunlight. It can withstand medium to low light, but may not flourish.


The butterfly plant loves to stay moist. Water when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Always water thoroughly until it comes out of the drainage hole and discard excess water in the saucer. Try not to get water on your plant’s leaves as this can cause mildew to form on the foliage.


Your butterfly plant does well in average household humidity. However, if the air is very dry it will appreciate the occasional misting.


The butterfly plant thrives in normal indoor temperatures of 65°F-85°F. Try not to let the plant get too cold and keep it away from drafty areas.


Fertilize once a month during the growing season with a general-purpose fertilizer. Always water before fertilizing to avoid it burning the roots.


The butterfly plant is considered toxic to pets and humans if ingested.


Butterfly plants are susceptible to spider mites. To treat the plant, spray with Neem oil or insecticidal soap on the foliage and repeat weekly until the infestation is clear.

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What's a Butterfly Plant?

Botanical Classification: Christia obcordata


The butterfly plant, or Christia obcordata, got its common name because of the shape of the plant’s foliage. The triangle-shaped leaves make the plant both aesthetically pleasing and unique. These plants are native to Brazil and South Asia and are commonly used as ground cover.

Butterfly plants are relatively easy to care for. Simply find that perfect nook that receives bright, indirect light. Once you find the perfect spot, the only thing left to do is the occasional watering when needed.

The butterfly plant is great indoors because it thrives in warmer conditions and with consistent watering. They can survive year-round outside in warmer climates, closer to the equator. They can grow up to 12 inches tall in ideal conditions and are a real show stopper.

Fun Fact

The butterfly plant is so plentiful in its native environment that it is considered a weed by some gardeners around the world.

Pictured Left: Butterfly Plant

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