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Prayer Plant

The Prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura) is native to the tropical forests of Brazil and is commonly grown as a beautiful indoor houseplant. It has variegated leaves that fold and move to a perpendicular 'prayer' position at night to resemble praying hands. The undersides of the leaves are usually red and/or purple. New leaves appear as a rolled tube.

Common names include Cathedral Windows, Herringbone Plant, Rabbit Tracks, & Red-Veined Prayer Plant.

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  • Place in bright, indirect light, as too much sun will bleach out the color of the leaves.
  • Keep potting soil evenly moist
  • Prefers a very humid environment
  • During the winter with dry air, mist daily with warm water.

The Prayer plant is intolerant of direct sunlight, low humidity and low temperatures or cold drafts.