Botanical name: Marnata leuconeura
Common name: Maranta or prayer plant
Plant type: Evergreen perennial
Mature size: 12 inches tall with leaves 6 inches long
Sun exposure: Bright, indirect sunlight
Soil type: Rich, well-draining
The Maranta is named after Bartolomeo Maranta, an Italian physician and botanist of the sixteenth century. The plant gets its common name, Prayer Plant, from the fact that its leaves are flat during the day and then fold up like praying hands at night.