Calathea Burle Marxii
Calathea Burle Marxii, commonly known as the Fishbone Prayer Plant, is a species of plant in the genus Ctenanthe native to Brazil. Its common name derives from the alternating pattern of stripes on its oval, pale green leaves. As evergreen perennials, the leaves remain on display throughout the year.
The Fishbone Prayer Plant itself is fairly low growing which is also one reason why it is well-suited for indoor care. You can expect it to grow up to between 12 to 20 inches high and extend to about 16 inches from side to side as its foliage will fan out as the plant gets fuller.
Calatheas are also known as “prayer plants” due to their leaf movement. They tend to raise their leaves at night and lower them during day. Being a forest floor dweller, it is thought that this is done to capture as much sunlight as possible. The Medallion Calathea is pet friendly as it is not toxic to humans or pets.
Prayer Plant likes diffused, indirect light, in a humid environment so kitchens and bathrooms are ideal along with regular misting and your plant will thrive. Wipe Calathea’s leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust, so that it can breathe properly. This plant is safe around children and pets.
Calathea Plants are tropical plants, often grown as houseplants for their beautiful, brightly coloured, upright, ovate leaves. There are over 300 different types of Calatheas, many being hybrids created by tissue cultures. Indoors, a Calathea is a table plant or short bush that rarely gets bigger than 60cm tall and wide. Flowers, if produced, are white, small and formed in spikes.