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Prayer Plant

Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura

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Also known as

Herringbone Plant, Herringbone Maranta, Maranta Tricolour

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of a purple and white Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura flower
A Maranta plant in a pot with lowered leaves and flowers

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Prayer Plant Overview

Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura is a clump-forming evergreen perennial with intricately patterned leaves from the Marantaceae family. It is also known commonly by the names Herringbone plant, Prayer plant, Maranta leuconeura 'Tricolor' and Maranta leuconeura 'Fascinator', amongst others. It will usually grow to around 30cm in height and spread, this natural variant originates from the tropical rainforest floor of Southern America. It is commonly grown as a house plant for its attractively coloured and patterned foliage. Leaves are oval-shaped, dark olive green in colour, measuring around 15cm in length, with a bright green central zone and attractive red venation and midribs. Delicate purple and white flowers are very short-lived, usually opening and closing within a day. The flowers are produced on slender spikes during the summer. It has a clumping habit and is frost-tender, so keep above freezing temperatures. Place in a position of indirect, partial sunlight and well-draining soil for optimal growth. Water when the soil has thoroughly dried out for best results. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Prayer Plant

How to harvest Prayer Plant

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Prayer Plant



Basal cuttings


Divide when repotting.

Special features of Prayer Plant

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant