Ctenanthe ‘Amagris’

Prayer plant, fishbone prayer plant

Ctenanthe burle-marxii ‘Amagris’ is a stunning member of the Marantaceae family, known for its captivating foliage. Native to the Brazilian rainforests, this plant boasts eye-catching leaves. These lance-shaped beauties feature an intricate blend of silvery-green variegation with dark green veins, resembling exquisite brushwork on a canvas. This exceptional foliage makes ‘Amagris’ a highly sought-after choice among indoor plant enthusiasts and interior decorators.

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Origin: Brazilian rainforests
Genus: Ctenanthe
Species / Cultivar: burle-marxii 'Amagris'
Common Name: Prayer plant, fishbone prayer plant

Plant Biography

Ctenanthe burle-marxii ‘Amagris’ traces its botanical lineage to the vast and biodiverse rainforests of Brazil, where it is a member of the Marantaceae family. This family is known for its unique and ornamental foliage, making it a standout among tropical houseplants. The ‘Amagris’ variety, with its lance-shaped leaves adorned in silvery-green variegation and striking dark green veins, is a testament to the intricate beauty found in the plant world. Over time, it has been selectively cultivated to enhance its distinctive features, captivating indoor gardening enthusiasts and interior designers alike. ‘Amagris’ represents the marriage of natural beauty and human horticultural artistry, offering a piece of the Brazilian rainforest’s splendour to homes worldwide.

Ctenanthe 'Amagris'
Light: Medium
This plant likes a spot further away from bright windows, but still lit by natural light.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
Eventual Height: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Ctenanthe burle-marxii ‘Amagris’ thrives in a warm indoor environment, ideally maintained at temperatures between 18-24°C. It flourishes when placed in a well-lit spot with bright, indirect sunlight, avoiding direct exposure to the sun, which can harm its leaves. High humidity is essential for this plant’s well-being, so regular misting or using a humidifier nearby is recommended.

When it comes to watering, keep the soil consistently moist, but be cautious not to let it become waterlogged. Employ a well-draining potting mix, and fertilise with a balanced, diluted liquid fertiliser during the growing season.

Pruning away any damaged or yellowing leaves will help promote healthy growth and maintain its striking appearance. Finally, ensure proper drainage in the pot and consider repotting every 1-2 years in the spring for optimal care of this beautiful houseplant.

Expert Tip

Wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth to remove dust. Regular cleaning of the leaves allows the plant to breathe and absorb more light efficiently. Periodically check the underside of the leaves as these plants are a magnet for spider mites


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