The Marantaceae or arrow root family is a family of flowering plants sometimes called prayer-plants. Several species of genus Calathea are grown as houseplants for their large ornamental leaves, which are variegated in shades of green, white and pink. Other genus grown for houseplants includes Stromanthe and Maranta. Maranta is actually the name given to a group of plants, which include Calathea, Ctenanthe, Stromanthe, and the Maranta. Of all of these, only Marantas and Calathea are widely available and only Maranta is easy to grow.
There are two types of Maranta. The first variety is also known as Prayer Plant or Rabbit’s Tracks. Both these names come from the plant’s appearance and habit-its bright green leaves sport brown patches that look like rabbit prints (These patches turn green as the plant ages) and they fold together at night, resembling a pair of hands folded in prayer.
The second type is called Herringbone Plant. This variety is quite colorful with yellow centered deep green leaves, and bright red veins. Both varieties are fairly compact, growing to about 8 inches and sporting 6-inch leaves. Their needs are similar as well. Keep away from direct sunlight and drafts, provide average warmth, and make sure the soil stays moist at all times. Regular misting is also important.