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Monolena 'Ant Plant'

Monolena 'Ant Plant'

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"Monolena 'Ant Plant', scientifically Monolena primuliflora, is an intriguing epiphytic plant known for its symbiotic relationship with ants. This plant features small, heart-shaped leaves that provide shelter and food for ants, which in turn protect the plant from herbivores. Monolena 'Ant Plant' typically grows in compact clusters and reaches a height of approximately 4-6 inches when fully mature. 

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Monolena primuliflora

Common: Monolena Ant Plant, Ant Plant, Primrose-flowered Ant Plant, Primuliflora Ant Plant

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 65-80°F
  • Humidity: High
  • Water: When the top inch of soil is dry
  • Fertilize: Once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Preferred Soil: Well-Draining Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • A mix of regular potting soil with added orchid bark and perlite is ideal to provide both nutrients and aeration.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Araceae family, also known as the Arum family, which is a large family of flowering plants that includes over 3,700 species.
  • Native to tropical rainforests of Central and South America, particularly in countries like Ecuador and Colombia.
  • Monolena produces beautiful, small, pink to purple flowers that can appear throughout the year
  • Being native to Ecuador and Peru, these plants naturally grow on the branches of trees, where they develop a caudex that becomes a home for ants. This forms a symbiotic relationship, where the plants offer shelter and protection to the ants and the ants supply food by leaving waste that fertilizes the plants.
  • In its natural habitat, Monolena can grow as an epiphyte, attaching itself to trees and drawing moisture and nutrients from the air and rain.
  • Pet Safe / Nontoxic
  • Medium Maintenance

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