Prayer Plant
Maranta leuconeura

Like Silvia, Gabriel is from the tropics in Brazil and loves to dance in the moonlight. He gets his nickname "prayer plant" from his leaves folding up at night, which mimics hands praying. It's been said he does this to make sure his roots get access to rainfall. Aww, thoughtful and handsome—swipe right?

Sunlight:Low to bright indirect light. Direct light will scorch his leaves.

Water:Once a week. Soil can stay slightly moist.

Pets:Great with pets.

Newbies:Great for beginners and building that green thumb.

Gifts:Beautiful colors and alive—a better gift than flowers.

Pro-tip: Use filtered water when watering, or let tap water sit for a day prior. This prevents leaf tip burn.


Native to the tropics of Brazil, the Maranta thrives in environments that emulate high humidity and partial shade. It likes its soil to be a bit moist and does best in medium to bright filtered light.

If you see its leaves rising and falling throughout the day, no need to worry, it’s just following its circadian rhythm. This plant is pet friendly!

Size will vary, but total height is about 10 inches and container width is 4 inches.

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