Herringbone plant

Botanical name:

Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura


A unique and striking prayer plant with eye-catching red veins in a herringbone pattern against the multiple green leaf tones. 


This slow-growing prayer plant is one of a kind with its spectacular variegated foliage and would grow horizontally as a ground cover in the native rainforests of Brazil. Being part of the prayer plant family, the leaves have a habit of lying flat during the day, and folding in an erect position at night as if in prayer. That’s when you get to appreciate the contrasting beautiful purple underside of the foliage. Small, white flowers can appear during the growing season, although the flowers are not of particular value in comparison to the beauty of the foliage. It’s all in the leaf detail with this plant. 

Supplied size:

Supplied in a 12cm nursery pot.
Plant size of 40cm tall, inclusive of the pot, and 40cm wide.
Will fit into a pot cover size of 13cm wide and 14cm deep. 

Growth habit:

Plants leaves characteristically fold up at night and grow more horizontal or are even slightly trailing during the day. They can reach a height of around 40-50cm when upright and a spread of around 60cm when horizontal. Ideal to be used in hanging baskets. 

Ideal conditions:

Bright and ideally humid conditions, but no direct sunlight.

Watering requirements:

The plant enjoys moist (not saturated) and well-draining soil, so regular watering required during the warmer months and less in the winter months. Being a tropical plant, it will benefit from regular misting of the foliage when the room is warmer than average and especially if the heating is on for longer periods of time during the winter months.

Health concerns and benefits:

Non-toxic to humans and pets.
It is known for having strong air-purifying abilities by filtering airborne toxins and converting them to oxygen.

Known concerns:

Soft scale and mealybug insect generally evident when there is poor ventilation/air circulation in the room.

Any questions?

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you would like to explore further options in sizing; would like more advice on the plant or discuss any concerns regarding any issues you are having growing yours.

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