Prayer Plant Overview
Maranta is a genus of around 37 species of rhizomatous, evergreen perennials in the Marantaceae family. They are native to tropical regions of Central to Southern America and the West Indies. Many are cultivated for their large, oval-shaped, colourful and strikingly veined leaves, and their habit of curling their leaves up at night, leading to the common name, Prayer plant. They are tender and won't cope with freezing weather, so are usually grown indoors as houseplants in cool climates.