Marantha Burle Marxii commonly called a prayer plant, is an evergreen, rhizomatous, low-growing, clump-forming, tropical perennial that is noted for its beautiful foliage. It typically grows to 12-15” tall and as wide, featuring broad-elliptic to oval, predominately green leaves (to 5” long) with striking patterns, lines, blotches, and shading. White veins radiate from the midrib to the margins. Leaf undersides are grayish-green to purplish-green. It is native to Brazil. Leaves close upward at night in a manner resembling praying hands, hence the common name of prayer plant. White, two-lipped flowers with purple spots typically bloom on slender spikes in late spring to early summer, but infrequently appear on houseplants.
Planting & Caring –
Grown outdoors in sheltered locations in moist, humusy, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Prefers temperatures that do not dip below 60 degrees F. Zero tolerance for frost.