Maranta leuconeura var. kerchoveana

Prayer plant

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Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour



Half hardy

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Plant details

The prayer plant is a popular houseplant, thanks to its beautiful foliage. The pale green leaves are decorated with chocolate-brown markings. The unusual common name of prayer plant comes from its habit of closing its leaves together, like hands in prayer, during the night. Grow in bright filtered or bright indirect light in a shallow pot. Keep humidity high at all times and water moderately and feed once a month during the growing season. Water sparingly in winter.

Family: Marantaceae

Genus: Maranta

Species: leuconeura

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Purple, Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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