Prayers Drippin' With Drama

|Maranta leuconeura detail|

|Maranta leuconeura detail|

Tell me what you see?  Is it on overhead view of a pink river making its way through the shallows and the deep of some green sea?  Or is it a pink tree trunk with glowing green auras?  Well, if I may, let me interpret this Rorschach test for you.  Here we have nature putting its colorful stamp on the foliage of Maranta leuconeura otherwise known as the Prayer Plant.  Now you may or may not be familiar with this Brazilian beauty but it is well worth looking closer at its tropical deliciousness.  This plant is what many people term as a house plant.  The Plant Provocateur thinks of it not just as some ordinary houseplant but rather as bold and brilliant illustration of the beauty that nature has to offer.

|Maranta leuconeura profile|

|Maranta leuconeura profile|

This Maranta is a must for any houseplant collection.  Check out that herringbone pattern, the spirals of new growth, the funky little flowers, and the luxurious pinkish-purple underleaf.  Slick and sophisticated are words that come to mind.  So why is it known as the Prayer plant?  It has the wondrous ability to fold its leaves in "prayer" during the dark of night.  Now to maintain something this cool in your own situation it needs bright filtered light, regular moisture, fertile, sandy, humus-rich soil, and an occasional misting of water.  So the next time you're looking for some indoor plant style to up your profile check out the dramatic yet dapper Maranta leuconeura.