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Maranta Care

A guide to types of Maranta house plant

by Plants for all Seasons 17 Mar 2023

Maranta, commonly known as the prayer plant, is a popular houseplant known for its striking foliage and unique leaf movement that resembles hands folding in prayer. Several varieties of Maranta houseplants are available, each with its distinctive patterns and colors. This guide introduces some of the most popular types of Maranta plants:

  1. Maranta leuconeura 'Kerchoveana': Also known as the rabbit's foot prayer plant, this variety has dark green leaves with light green, herringbone-like veins. The underside of the leaves is a reddish-purple hue. This is one of the most common Maranta varieties in cultivation.

  2. Maranta leuconeura 'Erythroneura': Commonly called the red-veined prayer plant or red nerve plant, this variety features striking dark green leaves with vibrant red veins and a reddish-purple underside. The contrast between the green leaves and red veins makes it a visually appealing houseplant.

  3. Maranta leuconeura 'Lemon Lime': The lemon lime Maranta has light green leaves with dark green veins, creating a unique color contrast. The leaves have a lemon-lime hue, and their undersides are a pale purple.

  4. Maranta leuconeura 'Kim': This variety boasts deep green leaves with light green veins and a pale red midrib. The leaf margins are slightly wavy, and the leaf underside is a reddish-purple color.

  5. Maranta leuconeura 'Fascinator': The fascinator Maranta features dark green leaves with a silvery, herringbone-like pattern along the veins. It also has a red midrib, and the leaf undersides are purple.

  6. Maranta leuconeura 'Black': This rare Maranta variety has dark green, almost black leaves with a silver, herringbone-like pattern along the veins. The contrasting colors make this plant a stunning addition to any indoor garden.

Regardless of the variety, all Maranta plants require similar care. They prefer bright, indirect light, consistently moist soil, and high humidity. By providing the right growing conditions and regular care, any Maranta variety can thrive as a beautiful addition to your indoor plant collection.

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