Calathea (Peat-Free)

4.96 out of 5
(23 customer reviews)


This beautiful houseplant is also known as the prayer plant because its leaves burst into life in the morning before closing again in the evening, just like praying hands. A striking botanical that likes the shade and will make a real statement in your indoor jungle.

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The leaves on this beautiful botanical can be pin-striped, rose painted or peacock patterned. The underside of the leaves are pretty stunning too, so we’d recommend placing it somewhere where you can get a glimpse of both.

Also known as the prayer plant, the leaves on this beautiful houseplant close up at night and open up again in the morning, just like praying hands.

Originating in South America, the Calathea spent much of its life under the dense jungles, which is why it likes the shade rather than direct sunlight.

If you have pets, the Calathea is a great plant to have. Take a look at our guide on pet-friendly find out what other houseplants are great for your furry friends.

Please note that as this is a natural Calathea mix, the variety of Calathea will vary from the photo.



This plant is grown in The Little Botanical's peat-free soil, which is specially formulated with environmentally-friendly ingredients to support the plant's growth while reducing our impact on the planet, reflecting our commitment to sustainable practices.

Additional information


Average care

Suitable for

Bathroom, High humidity, Light spaces

Estimated Plant Height (CM)

Medium plants (up to 40cm)

Internal Pot Diameter (CM)


Pot Height (CM)



Almond Stoneware, Baby Belly Basket, Belly basket, Blue Summer Ceramic, Ceramic, Charcoal Grey Stoneware, Green Summer Ceramic, Grey pot, Naked Plant, Pink Summer Ceramic, Yellow Summer Ceramic


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. Read our plant care guide, to help keep your Calathea looking fresh. Or if you fancy a good read, check out our blog ‘All about the calathea‘.

This plant is grown in The Little Botanical's peat-free soil, which is specially formulated with environmentally-friendly ingredients to support the plant's growth while reducing our impact on the planet, reflecting our commitment to sustainable practices.

23 reviews for Calathea (Peat-Free)

  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 🌿

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helen Boulton

    Stunning leaves – real statement plant. Arrived in perfect condition and is really thriving. Gorgeous pot too. 🪴

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle_Beth (verified owner)

    Beautiful patterned leaves on this plant. I love how the leaves close up at night. Arrived in fantastic condition and well packaged. The pot is also great quality and fits the plant perfectly – could not recommend the product or service of the company enough!

  13. 5 out of 5

    April (verified owner)

    I bought this for a friend as a moving in present to brighten up the place. It also had to be pet friendly. It really is a beautiful plant!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel (verified owner)

    Great plants well packaged and soil was well moist, pretty difficult to look after, as you have to really monitor the conditions they are in, mine has already started showing brown dry leaves at the tips after 3-weeks, but great overall service from the team

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah (verified owner)

    A very beautiful plant that arrived well packaged and in great condition. Fairly easy to look after although I discovered they’re not keen on tap water!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Teresa (verified owner)

    I was in two minds about this plant for so long as I wasn’t sure about the leaves opening and closing throughout the day. I decided to go for it and I’m so glad I did. It’s a gorgeous plant that I’ve had lots of compliments on and I love how it moves throughout the day. Would highly recommend!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Claire (verified owner)

    This is a stunning plant. And it really does move its leaves – I jumped the first time I heard them lol. So impressed with the quality.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Chappell (verified owner)

    The plant arrived safely, well watered and well packaged. This Calathea has beautiful leaves and seems happy in my bedroom. Seems like a low maintenance plant but an interesting one to spruce up a room with some colour and interesting patterns. Will certainly be using this company again!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Lloyd (verified owner)

    Lovely healthy plant and he seems to be loving his new home in the bathroom !
    Well packaged – thanks !

  20. 5 out of 5


    Fab plant in a gorgeous grey pot. Really brightened up my living room and arrived super quickly. 5* service!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Western (verified owner)

    Very healthy and happy plant as ever.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (verified owner)

    This plant was given as a gift, the recipitant was very pleased and said the plant arrived safely, healthy and with a very nice pot.

  23. 5 out of 5


    A beautiful plant which was beautifully packaged. Very impressed & will be ordering with you again soon

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