Patterns in Foliage


Indoors or out, I am a huge fan of “patterns” on my leaves. You may remember my maranta montage for Wordless Wednesday just 2 days ago. I showed 4 different versions of the same patterned leaf plant–except that all the patterns were different, of course.

Marantas and calatheas are plants that are having a bit of a moment right now despite the fact that they can be a little difficult. They prefer warmer temperatures, need more humidity than a lot of our house plants, and some of them have an annoying habit of losing almost all their leaves at times before refoliating. As if that isn’t enough, they’re prone to mites. But if you know all that, you can watch for their tendencies and stop problems before they start.

I am a firm believer that plants need to look interesting in most seasons. Marantas and calatheas manage to do that if you can keep them healthy. They’re worth the effort.

2 thoughts on “Patterns in Foliage

  1. tonytomeo September 2, 2019 / 11:02 pm

    These are pretty, but I sort of miss the old fashioned prayer plant. It was trendy a long time ago, but has been replaced by these more colorful sorts.

  2. gardendaze September 3, 2019 / 5:36 am

    Oh no, it’s still around. There was one in that beautiful arrangement my neighbor gave me. I too have a fondness for those. It was one of the first house plants I grew as a kid. It’s a real “nostalgia ” plant for me.


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