Furry Feather

Goeppertia rufibarba

Velvet Calathea, Prayer Plant

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A Calathea rufibarba against a white backdrop
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Calathea rufibarba has recently been reclassified - it is now known as Goeppertia rufibarba. Velvet Calathea, Furry Feather and Prayer Plant are all other common names for this plant. It is a tender, evergreen perennial from the Marantaceae family, frequently grown as a houseplant. The leaf edges are wavy and eye-catching! The leaves are lance-shaped and green, with flashy purple undersides and wavy edges. The leaves have fine hairs across their surface, giving a velvety texture which is soft to touch. Place in a position of bright, partial sun, in well-draining soil for optimal growth. Placement in a bathroom or kitchen is ideal, as these rooms are typically the most humid. It wants to say relatively moist, but do not allow it to sit in water. It forms clumps and produces yellow flowers from the base of the plant. This isn't that common when its grown as a houseplant though, it's more popular for the leaves.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Division

Divide in late spring

Special features

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, 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

For houseplants, check beneath leaves and general areas of new growth for sap-sucking pests like Whitefly, Scale and Mealybugs. Spider Mite causes discolouration and leaf mottling. No major diseases associated with this plant.