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Calathea amabilis

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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'.

Evergreen rhizomatous perennials found in humid forests and at forests margins in tropical Central and South America and the West Indies. Red tubular flowers are rarely produced in cultivation.1

Leaves appear approximately as a   Dartmouth green and   Tyrian purple

It is a flowering 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.

Normally grows with a clump-forming habit. 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

  • Dappled 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.

Divide clumps in late spring; keep plants in warm, humid conditions until re-established.1

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / dappled 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.

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Prayer plant Etymology

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

Other names for Prayer plant

Stromanthe, Calathea, Stromanthe amabilis, Maranta amabilis

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