Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant)

Known as the Prayer Plant because it folds its leaves in the evening (in a fashion similar to one praying), M. leuconeura is a slow-growing, rhizomatous perennial that grows well in homes. Like African Violets, they prefer high humidity, partial shade, and well-drained soils.

Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plant)
Deciduous: no
Hardiness Zones: 11-12
Height: 15-30 centimeters (6-12 inches) tall
Diameter: 15-30 centimeters (6-12 inches) across
Growth Rate: slow
Age: perennial
Root System: rhizomatous
Family: Marantaceae
Subspecies: ‘Erythroneura’, ‘Fascinator’, ‘Kerchoveana’, ‘Massangeana’

Tolerates: shade
Problems (major): nematodes, spider mites, slugs
Problems (minor): mealybugs, root rot (poorly drained soils), leaf spot, leaf scald (too much sun)
Poisonous: nontoxic

Soil requirements: requires moist, fairly nutrient-rich, well-drained soils, tolerates medium/loamy, heavy/clay, acidic soils
Air requirements: prefers high humidity
Watering requirement: moderate
Sun requirement: part-shade

Leaf shape: ovular, green with red veins/stripes, alternate
Leaf size: up to 13 centimeters (5 inches) long
Stem: thick, green
Flowering structure: flower spikes with two-lipped, white flowers
Flowering frequency: infrequent indoors
Fruits: inconspicuous, hard, brown
Bulb/Corm: rhizome

Notable characteristics:
The leaves close or fold up in the evening, which somewhat resembles praying.

Uses:
These are sometimes used as house plants, as they need partial shade and grow slowly.

Sources used:

 

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Foliage

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oliage and flowers

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Another variety with different foliage

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Another variety with red stripes on its foliage and flowers

All of the images provided were taken by me. They may be used for educational/informational purposes only, provided that this article/online journal is
appropriately cited first.

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