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Prayer Plant Flowers: 5 Questions Answered + Care Tips

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It’s always a pleasant surprise when any houseplant flowers. Did you know that Maranta leuconeura, or the common “prayer plant” can flower indoors? Learn everything you wanted to know about prayer plant flowers in this post, in addition to some handy care tips so that you can ensure your plant can thrive in your home.



Maranta leuconeura is a species of flowering plant that is native to central and eastern Brazil.

Like any plant in the Marantaceae family, prayer plants are known for their leaves folding up and “praying” during night time, and then relaxing back down during the day.

1. What does a prayer plant flower look like?

Although this is a flowering plant, the reason we all grow this plant is for the striking foliage. Flowers are very small and are normally white and purple.

Depending on the species and variety, the amount of white and purple will vary in the flower, as will the coloration in the foliage.

The flowers have 3 petals and two larger staminodes.

Photo credit: Kurt Stüber [1], CC BY-SA 3.0

2. Are prayer plant flowers rare?

Many sources online call them rare, but I can tell you from personal experience that they are not. Like anything, this of course depending on your ability to provide good conditions for your plant.

I had a prayer plant once in a prior home that bloomed regularly throughout the year.

It lived in a warm bathroom right in front of a north-facing window which received bright but indirect light.

It was even watered with plain tap water and received no special treatment. Be sure to read my section on water quality later in this post though, as this can have a big effect on your plant over time.

3. When does a prayer plant flower?

Blooming tends to occur the most during the active growing seasons of spring and summer.

4. How to get a prayer plant to flower

Providing good conditions, similar to growing conditions in their native habitat, will help encourage blooming. Here is a quick recap of general care for prayer plants:


Prayer plants are rainforest floor dwelling plants, so a window with bright light (without direct sun) will work well. A little direct sun indoors won’t harm them, but they do not like too much.

If your plant is in too dark of a location, growth will suffer and you probably won’t get any blooms. Sufficient light is important in encouraging any flowering plant to produce flowers.


It’s important to provide consistently warm temperatures for these plants. They will not tolerate cold temperatures or cold drafts.

Make sure your plant isn’t located in any areas where they could potentially receive cold drafts from vents or doors opening and closing during cold weather. They prefer consistently warm temperatures.

Watering my prayer plant in the sink


These plants will appreciate high humidity. If you can situate them in a bathroom, which is naturally more humid, this would be ideal.

Otherwise, invest in a great humidifier so that they can have their best chance at being happy in your home.


Prayer plants like consistently moist conditions.

Never allow the soil to dry out completely, otherwise you will quickly get plenty of curling and brown leaves. I have a separate blog post where I discuss the issue of curling, brown leaves in prayer plants.

Allow no more than approximately the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again.


Be sure to fertilize regularly during active growth. I like to use Dyna-Gro Grow for most of my plants. It is a urea-free, complete fertilizer that contains all the micro and macro nutrients that plants need to thrive.


Maranta plants don’t like tap water, and over time, can develop brown tips due to fluoride and other additives found in tap water. Use rainwater or distilled water if you can. (Please note that brown edges on leaves are also commonly caused by leaving your soil too dry.)

In addition, when foliage is wet with hard water, it can leave mineral deposits on leaves.

Hard water deposits on my prayer plant leaves

5. Should i cut prayer plant flowers off?

If your prayer plant has bloomed, and you’ve been satisfied with witnessing the (insignificant) flower show, it is probably best to cut off the flower spikes.

This will simply allow your plant to redirect its energy to focus on foliage growth versus on flower production.

That being said, your plant won’t necessarily suffer if you leave the flowers to develop. At a minimum, I would just make sure to remove any spent flowers and flower stalks after blooming is over in order to keep your plant tidier.

Has your prayer plant bloomed for you? Comment below. I’d love to hear!

Angela Galvis

Saturday 2nd of September 2023

Gave my husband one as a Valentine’s gift two years ago! Is so pretty and flowers coming out now! My husbands baby ! We have it in our room close to the window and it makes such a beautiful piece in our room.


Saturday 2nd of September 2023

They're such beautiful plants!


Sunday 27th of August 2023

I got 4 prayer plants yesterday and they are beautiful but one of them has a leaf half way cut. What should I do? Thank you


Monday 28th of August 2023

I would just leave it as it will do no harm. If it really bothers you, you can cut it off as long as your plant has plenty of other leaves.


Friday 4th of August 2023

My prayer plant has 2 flowers so cute


Saturday 5th of August 2023

They are very cute!


Saturday 15th of July 2023

Everybody talks about how rare it is for Prayer plants to bloom inside the house/office. What about blooming OUTSIDE, is that even more rare?

This is actually the first time I've ever seen a Prayer plant bloom. I didn't know that they would flower.


Monday 17th of July 2023

It's definitely not rare. The word rare is used much too frequently :-) It will probably bloom even more freely outside.


Thursday 13th of July 2023

I have a story to tell. I have a prayer plant that was given to me 3 years ago. I was concerned it wasn't happy. Just looked less than optimal. Five weeks ago I received a breast cancer diagnosis, requiring surgery. One week before the scheduled surgery my prayer plant flowered!! I never knew it could. I had thought I was losing it. I cried! Don't tell me prayers aren't answered, even acknowledged through a plant! Lesson learned: be encouraged and trusting. Plants can pray :) God speaks through his creations.


Monday 17th of July 2023

Wishing you a speedy and full recovery!