Betsy, a Ctenanthe Burle-Marxii Amabilis, Fishbone Prayer Plant, or Stromanthe, has alternating patterns of dark green stripes on its oval, pale green leaves.
Native to the rainforests of South America, the Calathea, Prayer Plant, Maranta, and Ctenanthe families, have unique leaf movements whereby they actually raise and lower their leaves from day to night as if getting ready for bed! And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, they’re also great at purifying the air!
Betsy, Ctenanthe Burle-Marxii
Betsy prefers bright indirect light to partial shade, without prolonged exposure to direct sun - a touch of morning sunlight wouldn’t go a miss.
If you’re not sure what level of light you have, check the shadows cast by your plant:
- Minimal shadow = lower light
- Half shadow = indirect light
- Full shadow = direct sun