Beautiful houseplant with leaves that burst into life when the sunlight shines through in the morning before closing again in the evening.


For this plant, it is all about the leaves. Known as the prayer plant, these leaves can be pin-striped, rose painted or peacock patterned and are either big oval leaves or thin pointy leaves. They close up at night, hence its nickname of prayer plant.  This plant spends much of its life under the dense jungles of South America. The underside of the leaves is as interesting to look at as the top so think about placing it somewhere where you can get a glimpse of both. It doesn’t want to be in full sunlight so little shade will suit it fine.

If you have pets, then the Calathea is a great plant to have. Take a look at our full guide on pet-friendly plants.

Please note that as this is a natural plant, the variety of Calathea may vary from the photo. We think all of its patterns are beautiful!

Additional information


Needs regular TLC

Suitable for:

Bathroom, High humidity, Light spaces

Estimated Plant Height (CM):

Medium plants (up to 40cm)

Internal Pot Diameter (CM):


Pot Height (CM):



Grey pot


Maranta leuconeura, Prayer Plant



Plant Care

Avoid direct sunlight. Find a place of partial shade away from cold draughts. Water once a week to keep the soil moist. Feed with a generic plant feed once a month. A bathroom is a good location as it will enjoy the higher moisture levels. You can also improve the humidity by placing a few plants all together.

10 reviews for Calathea

  1. 4 out of 5


    This was the perfect plant for my newly decorated bathroom, so easy to care for and the red leaves look amazing in the sunlight! Thank you Little Botanical!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicola (verified owner)

    I bought this as a Thank You Teacher present and she seemed to really appreciate it. A bit different to a bottle of wine and something that will last longer! I might treat myself to one for looking after the kids all summer…

  3. 5 out of 5

    Moira Abernethy

    I ordered four houseplants to bring some life to my home office during lockdown – I am absolutely delighted with each one, they were so carefully packed and arrived with moist soil. They make a wonderful display – thank you so much!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Willcocks (verified owner)

    What can I say other than this plant is stunning! I’ve put it next to a chamaedorea and makes it feel like I’m in the jungle

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jade (verified owner)

    This plant is stunning! I love it! The plant arrived very well packaged and healthy with moist soil. A perfect addition to my bathroom. Im so happy with this shop and have already placed my next order.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shona Beattie (verified owner)

    Bought this as a gift for my friend and it’s already grown and super healthy. She loves it

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becky (verified owner)

    Just received my calathea, it arrived very well packaged, and the plant was in great condition. It has 13 new leaves shooting out too. I would definitely recommend

  8. 5 out of 5

    annaacmacc (verified owner)

    I am so pleased with my calathea. It arrived safely packaged and had moist soil! The leaves are absolutely beautiful. I would definitely order from here again, thanks so much 🙂

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie Scott

    Had a problem with the original plant, did well and then collapsed after six weeks. Replacement sent within 24 hours and looks great. Tremendous customer service. Will use them again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen (verified owner)

    Can not recommend highly enough! I ordered a beautiful calathea and could not have been more delighted! I got the variety I asked for, and it’s incredible! So glossy and healthy with lots of new growth. I am in love! I am
    so impressed, will definitely be back to TLB X 🌿

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Why i’m great

You will not find a more striking leaf design and I also like to move my leaves to follow the sun.