With its long green leaves and maroon undersides, the Calathea Rufibarba has one of the most unusual leaf shapes of all Calathea plants. Not to be confused with the rather similar looking Calathea lancifolia, the Calathea Rufibarba is also often referred to as the ‘velvet calathea’ or ‘furry feather Calathea’ on account of its fluffy feather-shaped leaves.
Part of the prayer plant family, i.e. the Marantaceae family, the Calathea rufibarba originates from Brazil. Rather unusually for a calathea, the green leaf tops are smooth, whereas the maroon undersides of the leaf are fluffy and velvety with little hairs on them, hence leading to its common names. At maturity, the plant can reach up to 1 metre in height.
This plant pet likes to be watering regularly and you should ensure the soil is kept wet.
Though many people might say that Calatheas are the perfect low-light plants, this is simply not the case. While it is true that calatheas can tolerate lower lighting conditions than other tropical houseplants, they certainly need bright indirect lighting in order to thrive.
This plants are pet friendly. Calathea is a houseplant that really purifies the air, so it is a true eye-catcher in every interior that also makes a contribution to a better and healthier indoor climate.
A single Calathea Rufibarba in a 14cm plastic nursery pot.