Prayer Plant

Scientific Name

Maranta leuconeura

Common Name

Prayer Plant


House plant

Toxicity: N/T (Non-toxic)

These plants are not poisonous or there is no known record of toxicity.

Toxic Parts



  • Herbaceous evergreen
  • Oval leaves with shades of green; lighter green on the edges with darker patches on the interior
  • Some have leaves with reddish-brown veins
  • Older leaves become darker
  • Small, white flowers with purple spots


The list of poisonous plants on this web site does not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known or that might be found in a home or yard. The University of Kansas Hospital does not advise eating any of the plants on this web site. We discourage the use of any of these plants for self medication. The information on this site is taken from the literature, and the degree of reliability is unknown. In case of accidental exposure or ingestion, contact the Poison Center 1-800-222-1222.