Calathea Prayer Plant- Furry Feather

The Calathea Prayer Plant, specifically the Furry Feather variety, known scientifically as Calathea rufibarba, is a striking houseplant admired for its unique foliage and soft, velvety leaves. Native to the tropical regions of Brazil, this plant is often chosen for its ornamental appeal and distinctive leaf movement, which resembles praying hands as the leaves fold up at night.


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Pot Size


Approx Height (incl pot)


Common Name

Calathea Prayer Plant- Furry Feather

Latin Name

Calathea rufibarba


Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Use room-temperature water, preferably filtered or distilled, to avoid leaf tip burn from salts and chemicals in tap water. Reduce watering slightly in the winter months.


Feed the plant every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to salt buildup in the soil.


High humidity is essential for the health of Calathea rufibarba. Aim for a humidity level of 60% or higher. Use a humidifier, place the plant on a humidity tray, or regularly mist the leaves to maintain the required humidity.

Light Requirements

Provide bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves. A location with filtered or indirect sunlight is ideal.


This plant prefers temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). It is sensitive to temperature fluctuations and cold drafts, so keep it away from air conditioning vents and windows that may let in cold air.

Toxic to Cats/Dogs/Children

This plant is not toxic

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