Furry Feather

Goeppertia rufibarba

Prayer Plant, Velvet Calathea

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Calathea rufibarba on a window sill
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Calathea rufibarba has recently been reclassified, it is now known as Goeppertia rufibarba. This tender, evergreen perennial is frequently grown as a houseplant because of its long, arching foliage. It forms clumps of narrow, lance-shaped, green leaves with purple undersides. The leaves have scalloped edges and fine hairs across their surface, giving a velvety texture which is soft to touch. Yellow blossoms are produced at the base of the plant.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Division

Divide in late spring

Special features

Attractive leaves
Indoor plant
Pot plant

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Chalk, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Marantaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Can be attacked by glasshouse whitefly and red spider mites, but generally disease-free.
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