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Maranta leuconeura

prayer plant

Known as the prayer plant, as it folds its leaves at night. It is a variable, rhizomatous, clump-forming perennial. It has elliptic to ovate shaped, dark green leaves with silver lines from the midrib to the margin, and deep purple or grey-green undersides. Small, tubular white to purple flowers may appear in summer but unusual if grown as a houseplant and not particularly significant compared to the foliage

Other common names
prayer plant

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer White Purple Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full shade
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Marantaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Maranta are evergreen, rhizomatous perennials with blunt, broadly elliptic leaves often attractively marked or veined in contrasting colours; insignificant small white flowers are borne in racemes just above the foliage

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loam-based or loamless compost. Bright filtered or indirect light is best. Maintain high humidity at all times by misting or keeping in a gravel tray. Water moderately, and feed monthly. Watering can be reduced in winter

Propagation

propagate by basal cuttings, divisio or seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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