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Fishbone Prayer Plant

Ctenanthe burle-marxii

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Also known as

Never Never Plant, Prayer Plant, Ctenanthe burle marxii ‘Amabilis’

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Ctenanthe burle-marxii 'Amabilis' (Never Never Plant) - 8cm pot


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Fishbone Prayer Plant Overview

Ctenanthe burle-marxii is an evergreen perennial from the Marantaceae family, originating from Brazil. It likes a shady, warm, sheltered position and is a popular houseplant choice. Commonly known as Fishbone Prayer Plant, Never Never Plant or a Prayer Plant, it likes a shady warm sheltered position making it a popular choice as a houseplant in other parts of the world. Grown for the foliage over the flowers. Leaves they are long and rectangular, coloured green, with deep green splashes in a fishbone pattern. Flowers are yellow-white and not particularly impressive. Many cultivars have been developed from this species. It is sometimes sold under the name Ctenanthe burle marxii ‘Amabilis’.

Common problems with Fishbone Prayer Plant

How to harvest Fishbone Prayer Plant

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Fishbone Prayer Plant


Separate off offsets, it is important to use the same type of soil as the original plant, keep warm & wet until established.


Stem cuttings can be taken.

Special features of Fishbone Prayer Plant

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Other uses of Fishbone Prayer Plant

Grown for their ornamental foliage.