Maranta leuconeura


Prayer plant

Evergreen herbaceous perennial to 30cm high. The dark green, obovate leaves are approximately 15cm long. Depending upon growing conditions, it produces insignificant white flowers on slender spikes during summer. Varieties feature dark patches and/or red veins on the leaves.


Suitable for shaded sites in tropical gardens or as an indoor plant.


Grow in semi-shade or shade in warm or tropical climates, or as an indoor plant in cooler regions. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil. Does best in humid conditions, protected from winds. Frost sensitive. Propagate by division or cuttings.


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Courses on growing Tropical and Indoor Plants are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see Books: ‘Growing Tropical Plants’ by John Mason and ‘Tropical and Warm Climate Gardening’ are available through Video: ‘Identifying Tropical Plants’ produced by Australian Correspondence Schools is available through CDROM: ‘Trees and Shrubs for Warm Places’ by John Mason is available through

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