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Marcgravia umbellata - Shingle Plant

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About This Product

Marcgravia umbellata is a RARE plant and especially hard to find as a potted plant this size for sale.Usually only small cuttings are available.

Marcgravia also known as Shingle vine and Shingle plant is a member of the family Marcgraviaceae. It's a fast growing flowering vine native to the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America. Marcgravia is found in moist, humid conditions of the rainforest climbing high on trees. It's flat-leaved vines grab hold of tree trunks with aerial roots. Once it climbs high enough, Margravia sends out lateral branches and blooms with pendulous flower clusters which are pollinated by birds and bats.

This beautiful form of Marcgravia has leaves that are edged in white. The midrib and veins are also white which provides a striking contrast against the dark green coloring of the leaves. The leaf edges are also serrated which gives it a really nice look. New growth appears to be a pink/rusty color and will turn dark green as the leaves age. For best results, keep evenly moist and in humid conditions. Don't allow Marcgravia to sit in water as this will kill the plant. Here at Josh's Frogs, we grow our Marcgravia in sphagnum moss.

Container Gardens/Terrariums/Houseplants:

Marcgravia loves humidity and therefore makes it a great plant for the humid environment of a container garden or terrarium. Being a fast growing vine, it will need to be pruned regularly to remain contained. This plant is not recommended as a houseplant in an open air pot.

Vivariums/Animal Terrariums:

Marcgravia is a great shingler plant - the leaves will overlap each other, and make for a spectacular display in the vivarium. Too small to support frogs, this plant makes a great feature or accent, especially when allowed to grow up the background or hardscape of a vivarium. Plant Marcgravia in the soil at the base of something it can climb up, provide it with moderate to high light, and watch it take off!

This plant has been in a naturalistic vivaria set up with dart frogs and has had time to grow in for 3-4 months.

As good practice, Josh's Frogs recommends washing all plants thoroughly removing as much soil as possible with dechlorinated water before placing them in their final home. Live plants may vary in color, size and appearance. Plants from Josh’s Frogs are specifically grown to be safe for use with animals. Live plants may vary in color, size and appearance. 


The plant pictured is in a 2.5" pot.


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Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

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This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:

  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Next Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -40 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.

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Great Marcgravia

Bigger than I expected and looks very healthy!

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