Calathea Rufibarba

*Plant height will vary. Planter not included. 

Calathea’s have attractive and intricately patterned leaves with a Burgundy wine color on the underbelly. At night their leaves will fold and then unfurl in the morning searching for the sun. This happens due to a small joint that the plant posses between the stem and leaf.

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Native to tropical Americas. These are not always the easiest plants to grow yet they are resilient! Keeping their native land in mind will be helpful. In their natural habitat, they grow on the floors of forests, because of that they do not want to be in direct sunlight. Doing so could burn and damage the leaves. Calathea’ s can be propagated, achieve this through division from a mature mother plant and not just a cutting. Prayer plants like to be grouped together. Terra cotta pots partner well with Calathea’s since they get rid of excess moisture. 


This plant likes a spot that gets low light or no direct sunlight at all, few plants are ok with this light condition. Pick a room with a north facing window, or a spot far from a bright window.


Water one a week. Before watering, feel the soil, top layer should be dry, if not dry wait a day or two. If the soil still is wet you risk giving the plant too much water, you don’t want it to rot.

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Only when ingested it may cause mild oral and gastrointestinal upsetness. Keep out of reach from pets and small children.

Calathea Rufibarba

Care Tips

Calathea’s can get root rot so soil and drainage are important

Moist soil is important but make sure excess water gets drained out. Calathea’s do not like their soil to dry out completely. All about a balance

If you see fungus gnats you can try bottom watering, leaving the top inch soil dry

This plant enjoys humidity so purchasing a humidifier is a good idea, otherwise the tips might become brown. You can mist these plants but mist the stem and roots as oppose to the leaves

Native to the America Tropics

Common Name

Prayer Plant

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