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. These can be pin-striped, rose painted or peacock patterned and are either big oval leaves or thin pointy leaves. There is a myriad of different looks. 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. Please note the variety of Calathea may vary.

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Additional information

Estimated Plant Height (CM)

Medium plants (up to 40cm)

Internal Pot Diameter (CM)


Pot Height (CM)


Suitable for

High humidity, Light spaces


Needs regular TLC

Pot Colour

Grey pot

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.

2 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…

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Why i’m great

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