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Prayer Plant

Calathea spp.

Also known as

Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant

Calathea crotalifera by Michael A. Alcorn (

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Prayer Plant

Some Calathea plants with green leaves
A close up of some Calathea flowers on a plant
A close up of a Calathea plant with flowers
A close up of some Calathea flowers
A close up of a green Calathea plant

Prayer Plant Overview

The genus Calathea has been contested in the scientific community for some time. Since 2019, many species have been reclassified and moved between genera such as Goeppertia. Calathea contains around 58 species from the Marantaceae family. These plants originate from the Americas and they are found growing naturally across Southern Mexico to Tropical America. They are commonly known as Prayer Plants, amongst many other names. This refers to their habit of raising and lowering their leaves over the course of a day. Adapted to understory light in their natural environment, they cope well with the lower levels of natural lighting found in homes, but like as much humidity as you can provide! Most of the popular Prayer Plant houseplants were once part of this genus, but are now considered better placed in Goeppertia.

Common problems with Prayer Plant

How to propagate Prayer Plant


Divide in spring. Remove stems with roots and replant to new areas.


Can be easily propagated from stem cuttings. Remove cleanly from the mother plant, ensuring the cutting includes a node. Allow the wound to close and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months.

Special features of Prayer Plant

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Other uses of Prayer Plant

Mainly grown as a houseplant in temperate regions and for its foliage


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