Maranta are spectacularly variegated ornamental houseplants. Sometimes called Maranta leuconeura Fascinator Tricolour, the oval shaped leaves of the Herringbone Plant are incredibly unique.
The leaves are dark green in the centre melding to a lighter green at the margins and alternate light splotches down the centre line. The veins are an eye-catching red, running down the centre of the leaf and branching out in a herringbone pattern.
Often referred to as Prayer Plants, along with their closely related cousins Calathea, Maranta leaves have the unusual characteristic of lying flat during the day and then closing upwards at night as if in prayer.
Sun-worshipper! If you have noticed your plant has stopped praying, don’t panic. The plant doesn’t need to move to be healthy, just watch out for scorching.
Location, Location, Location! Too little sun will cause the vivid colours on this plant to fade, too much and it will bleach and burn. A north or east facing window for the win.
Pray goodbye to the dry! If there is little leaf curl, but lots of browning, the leaves aren't getting enough water. If the soil is already wet, inspect the roots for rot.
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