United States Edition

Prayer plant   

Calathea amabilis

Prayer plant is part of the Calathea (Prayer plant) genus. Its scientific name is Calathea amabilis. The botanical name epithet for Prayer plant (amabilis) means 'beautiful looking'.Leaves appear approximately as a   Dartmouth green and   Tyrian purple colour. It is a houseplant / ornamental that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. This plant tends to bloom in mid spring. Popular varieties of Prayer plant with home gardeners are Burle Marx and Tricolor.

Prayer plant needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Prayer plant have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Prayer plant

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Very easy to grow. Loves warmth and bright light, however it can get burned if left out under direct summer sun. Bring in during frost and cold. Makes a lovely houseplant.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Prayer plant is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Prayer plant to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Prayer plant from seed

Transplanting Prayer plant

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Prayer plant is a tender plant.

Common Prayer plant problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Prayer plant plants:

Prayer plant Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin amabilis meaning “beautiful”

Other names for Prayer plant

Stromanthe, Calathea, Stromanthe amabilis, Maranta amabilis

Prayer plant care instructions

How long does Prayer plant take to grow?

These estimates for how long Prayer plant takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


Popular varieties of Prayer plant

View the complete variety list for Prayer plant »

Prayer plant Forums

No groups yet - why not start a new one?


Canadian Gardening magazine logo

After browsing MyFolia.com, you could be tossing out your paper-based gardening journal...MyFolia.com is the facebook for gardeners.

More buzz about us...

Latest Activity

Folia Badges and Widgets

Folia Blog Widgets

Want some super cool badges to stick on your blog? What about a funky widget that shows everyone what you are growing? Sounds like you need to get over to our Goodies page pronto!

Tour | About | Help & Support | Contact | Terms | Privacy | Community Guidelines | Goodies

Homegrown by Nic & Nath All photos and content © their respective owners.

Free Gardening database | Free garden organizer | Vegetable garden software | Mobile gardening app

Popular Plants: Tomato | Sweet pepper | Chili pepper | Basil | Bean | Rose | Carrot | Cucumber | Lettuce | Onion | Strawberry | Daylily | Spinach | Potato | Radish