I absolutely adore prayer plants - just look at the colours on the leaves of these! So beautiful... They come by many names, these ones: prayer plant, herringbone plant, also maranta tricolour, maranta leuconeura erythrophylla and maranta leuconeura 'Fascinator Tricolour' and look great in our medium terracotta planters.
They are called a prayer plant because of their fascinating habit of closing their leaves up at night, as if in prayer. They unfold in the morning and apparently make a rustling time sometimes but I've yet to hear this with mine.
They prefer light shade in the summer but want a bit more light in the winter. These guys like to be warm and humid, so keep them happy with the plant mister. If you notice brown tips on the leaves, that's the plant telling you it would like to have more water around.
We're trialling these new plants in our range and would love to hear what you think if you buy one!