Prayer Plant Compactstar

The Ctenanthe Prayer Plant Compactstar, scientifically known as Ctenanthe setosa ‘Compactstar,’ is a captivating and compact member of the Marantaceae family. Native to the tropical regions of Brazil, this plant is revered for its striking foliage and unique folding behaviour, which gives it the common name “Prayer Plant.”

Compactstar boasts intricately patterned leaves with a mix of dark and light green hues, marked by contrasting veins and a silver-green sheen. The distinctive feature of the Ctenanthe genus is its daily leaf movement, where the leaves fold upward in the evening resembling hands in prayer, hence the name “Prayer Plant.” This behaviour is not only fascinating but also serves as a natural response to changes in light.


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Pot Size

14cm, 17cm

Approx Height (incl pot)

70cm, 75cm

Common Name

Ctenanthe Prayer Plant Compactstar

Latin Name

Ctenanthe setosa


Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of the soil to dry between waterings. Prayer Plants prefer higher humidity, so consider misting the plant or placing it on a humidity tray.


Feed the plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or eliminate fertilization in the fall and winter when growth slows down.


Ctenanthe plants thrive in higher humidity levels. Increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly or placing a humidifier nearby.

Light Requirements

Provide bright, indirect light to simulate the plant's natural habitat. Avoid direct sunlight. The Compactstar can tolerate lower light conditions but may display less vibrant colors.

Toxic to Cats/Dogs/Children

This plant is not toxic


Maintain a warm environment between 18-27°C, This plant is sensitive to cold drafts and should be protected from temperatures below 10°C.

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