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Arrowroot

Maranta arundinacea

Also known as

Maranta, West Indian Arrowroot, Obedience Plant, Bermuda Arrowroot, Araru, Ararao, Hulankeeriya

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Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

30cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

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Arrowroot Overview

Maranta arundinacea is a rhizomatous perennial species in the arrowroot family, Marantaceae. This family is also commonly known as the prayer plant family. This species originates from the Amazon rainforest area of north-western Brazil and it is tender, coping with temperatures as low as 5 degrees Celcius. Foliage is lance-shaped and this species produces attractive, short-lived, white flowers. It has an upright habit and may be planted as a groundcover in appropriate climates, or grown in pots in colder environments. It produces fleshy, edible rhizomes up to 45cm in length, many other species in this genus are popular houseplants.

Common problems with Arrowroot

How to propagate Arrowroot

Division

Cuttings

Stem cuttings in summer.

Special features of Arrowroot

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Arrowroot

Culinary, vegetable, food