Definition of prayer plant in US English:

prayer plant


  • A Brazilian plant with variegated leaves which are erect at night but lie flat during the day, grown as a houseplant.

    Maranta leuconeura, family Marantaceae

    • ‘Peace lilies and prayer plants are easy to grow and require little maintenance.’
    • ‘It belongs to the Maranta group, whose other members with interesting foliage have such names as the prayer plant, zebra plant and herringbone plant.’