Montana Outdoors

March 5, 2018

Worth a closer look.

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:55 pm

For years I have enjoyed the company of a common house plant for its beautiful patterned leaves and sometimes noticed (and ignored) a tiny white blossom on it. The large leaves measure about 6” X 5″ and at the base of this one you can see some tiny buds.

Maranta leuconeura

Even though I have long been accustomed to looking closely at tiny wildflowers, I never looked at the tiny blossoms of this plant (which measure only 3/8” across) until yesterday, and here’s what I saw when I did:

Maranta leuconeura

Maranta leuconeura, Marante, Prayer Plant, “Kerchoveana”

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24 Comments »

  1. Nice! Sometimes you do not notice things when they are right there, but then you do and finally “see” things it is fun and interesting. I used to have a pond at my old house and it was amazing what you could find when you actually looked closely.

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — March 5, 2018 @ 7:02 pm

    • I’m fairly thorough at doing that outdoors but for some reason that didn’t carry it over to indoors. Good lenses and digital cameras really help!

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      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2018 @ 7:15 pm

  2. Wow! You must be giving that plant just the right stuff. The tropical plants don’t usually bloom in a house. What a beauty!

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    Comment by Pat — March 5, 2018 @ 7:36 pm

    • I think it survives, not because of me but in spite of me. I love that blossom though!

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      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2018 @ 7:47 pm

  3. I also used to have one of these prayer plants (about 40 years ago) and its leaves folded up slightly at night – hence the name, I suppose. I liked that plant, but It stayed behind when we made a big move.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 5, 2018 @ 8:07 pm

  4. What a lovely flower (and an excellent photo of it too).

    I’ve got the quote below bookmarked for just such an occasion as this.

    Blessed are they who see beautiful things
    in humble places
    where other people see nothing.

    ~ Camille Pissaro ~

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    Comment by Vicki — March 5, 2018 @ 8:08 pm

    • There is a lot of truth in that quote. The tiny flower is hardly visible, but ever so pretty up close.

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      Comment by montucky — March 5, 2018 @ 11:09 pm

  5. The leaf makes me think of a bird’s feather!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — March 5, 2018 @ 8:34 pm

  6. I don’t remember ever seeing one of these. I certainly don’t know anyone who’s grown it, or I think I would have remembered its behavior. Even apart from that, the patterning on the leaves is pretty, and the flower especially so.

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    Comment by shoreacres — March 6, 2018 @ 7:34 am

    • I have to admit, sadly, that I wasn’t aware of that behavior either until lately when I started to read about it. I had noticed that it looked different sometimes but when I specifically looked for the leaf positions it became very obvious. And I’ve had that plant for many years. It’s a humbling experience.

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      Comment by montucky — March 6, 2018 @ 9:10 am

  7. I love it! 🙂

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    Comment by annicaaktiv — March 6, 2018 @ 1:51 pm

  8. I’ve grown a lot of prayer plants but I’ve never seen one bloom. That’s a beautiful flower. That plant must be very happy. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 6, 2018 @ 4:34 pm

  9. Gosh, I bet you wished you had had a good look sooner! What a lovely ‘little flower’ 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — March 9, 2018 @ 6:20 pm

    • I can’t believe that I lived with that plant so long without really looking at it closely. That’s a lesson!

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      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2018 @ 8:39 pm

  10. Interesting plant, I don’t think I’ve seen one before. I pretty much stick to philodendrons and other easy-to-grow indoor plants. Pretty little flower.

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    Comment by Candace — March 9, 2018 @ 7:04 pm

    • That this one does so well under my very unskilled care means that it’s pretty hardy!

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      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2018 @ 8:41 pm

  11. Great idea and well done. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2018 @ 1:18 am

    • I can only imagine how popular this plant would be if the flowers were many times their size!

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      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2018 @ 11:33 am


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