Calathea are called prayer plants because the leaves close up at night, like a pair of praying hands. They grow well in medium to bright light but the leaves should be protected from direct sun.
Calathea is excellent at purifying the air of harmful toxins such as: formaldehyde and benzene (which is found in detergents, plastics and pesticides), trichloroethylene (found in dry cleaning solvents), toluene (which is found in paint thinner and nail polish), ammonia and, of course, carbon dioxide.
Calathea like to stay moist but not soggy so water just as the top of the soil dries out. It loves humidity so mist regularly or raise the humidity levels to keep it happy. The leaves will turn brown if it dries out too much or too often.
Fertilize once or twice a year in the spring or summer.
Common Names: Prayer Plant, Cathedral Plant, Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant and Rattlesnake Plants
Origin: Native to tropical Central and South America and the West Indies.
Available in 6 inch
(Marion, Medallion, Red Mojo and Roseo Picta also available in 8 inch; Makoyana also available in 4 1/2 inch)
Calathea are not meant for human or animal consumption.