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Prayer Plant

Goeppertia lietzei

Calathea lietzei - JBM by Montrealais (CC BY 3.0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Prayer Plant Overview

Calathea lietzei has recently been reclassified, it is now known as Goeppertia lietzei. This species is a tender evergreen perennial that produces attractive green leaves. It typically grows to around 60cm tall and it is best propagated through division. Grow in partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil. This plant enjoys humidity, it grows well in rooms that generate lots of steam such as bathrooms or kitchens. You can also group plants together to increase humidity, or place it on a pebble tray. It forms clumps of long, narrow, lance-shaped, dark green leaves with contrasting lighter green areas and purple undersides. The leaves measure up to 45cm in length. The common name Prayer Plant comes from their habit of raising and lowering their leaves over the course of a day. Yellow flowers can be produced in summer, but this infrequently occurs when grown indoors as a houseplant.

Common problems with Prayer Plant

Can be attacked by glasshouse whitefly and red spider mites but generally disease free.

How to propagate Prayer Plant

Division

Divide in late spring

Special features of Prayer Plant

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant