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Maranta leuconeura

Common Name(s):
Prayer plant
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

A tropical plant commonly grown as a houseplant in temperate climates.  The prayer plant has variegated ovate leaves with entire margins that fold at night to resemble praying hands.  The undersides of the leaves are gray-green to purple-green.  New leaves appear as a rolled tube.   Bright indirect light, as too much sun will bleach out the attractive leave colors.  Keep potting soil evenly moist throughout growing season but hold back to allow the soil to dry out in the winter months.  Place this plant in a humidified room or standing pot in a tray of wet pebbles as it requires high humidity.   Rarely flowers indoors but flowers are smalle, white, two-liped and appear on slender stalks.

 

No serious insect or disease problems but occasional  spider mites and mealybugs. Root rot may occur with poorly drained soils.

Height:
0.5-1 feet
Flower Color:
white
Hardiness:
zones 11-12
Propagation:
rhizomatous
Exposure:
bright, indirect light
Origin:
Brazil
Tags:
interiorscape, houseplant, house plant, showy leaves, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 2933

Maranta leuconeura Whole plant
Maja Dumat, CC BY - 4.0
Maranta leuconeura Leave close up
Maja Dumat, CC BY - 4.0
Maranta leuconeura Small flower
Maja Dumat, CC BY - 4.0
Maranta leuconeura Maranta leuconeura
Maja Dumat, CC BY - 2.0