The prayer plants grown indoors are usually one of these three subspecies:
Maranta leuconeura erythroneura is the familiar red maranta plant, also called herringbone plant because of the dark green/light green to cream patterns of the leaf colors with contrasting red veins. The leaf undersides of this subspecies are reddish, and the blooms are two-tone pink and white.
Maranta leuconeura kerchoviana is similar to red maranta, but the leaf veins are white rather than red, with silvery leaf undersides. Dark patterns between the leaf veins resemble animal tracks, hence the common name of rabbit track plant. The kerchoviana marantas appear more formal and refined compared to the tricolors in many indoor situations.
Maranta leuconeura massageana has white leaf veins and dark green, high-contrast light and dark green patches that have earned it the common name of fishbone plant. The rare and beautiful black Maranta belongs to this subspecies group. Its mint green leaves are marked with elegant black-green patches.