Ctenanthe burle-marxii is a species of evergreen perennial with soft hairy, purple tinge-green stems, 15cm (5.5 inch) long. The striking ovate to oblong ovate leaves are hairless, have strong variegation of dark green with upward strokes of silvery-white. The underleaf has a strong burgundy colouring. Ctenanthe burle-marxii have sickle-shaped, dark green markings, prominent main veins and leaf bases of unequal sizes. The stem leaves are much larger than the basal leaves. White flowers are borne in inconspicuous spikes intermittently throughout the year.Ctenanthe burle-marxii is a low growing plant that grows to not much more than 30cm (12 inch) but gets wider and wider.Ctenanthe burle-marxii is native to an area from southern Central America south to southeastern Brazil. During the day this beautiful Ctenanthe plant displays its striking oval pale green leaves with dark green markings in all their glory and then when night falls it folds up it’s leaves displaying it’s deep purple undersides.