Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant)
Native to the tropical forests of Brazil, prayer plants are some of the most beautiful indoor houseplants you can find. They’re great in hanging baskets as they spread low and wide.
The prayer plant has wide, oval-shaped, dark green leaves with white or light green running down the spine of the leaf. The veins that run up the leaves can be several shades of red, as are the undersides of the leaves.
Prayer plant gets it’s name for it’s unique habit of raising their leaves to an upright position at night time. The leaves fold together like hands during prayer!
Direct sunlight can scorch the leaves of the prayer plant and can quickly kill the plant. It prefers bright but indirect sunlight during the day and is generally tolerant of lower light areas, as long as there is good air flow.
To grow prayer plant best, realize they do not like to be dry. Keep the soil evenly moist all of the time, but never let the roots get soggy. When watering, use water that is at least at room temperature if not slightly warm.
In the winter months, reduce watering as a dry cold winter causes prayer plant to go dormant and it will need less water to grow well.