Calathea is characterized by the beautiful drawing of the leaf and the rich choice in leaf shapes, from round and oval to lancet-shaped. That leaf not only has air-purifying properties, but it also lives with you in a unique way thanks to a day and night rhythm. There is a kind of joint between the leaf and the stem that makes movement possible. When it gets dark, the leaves close and when it is quiet enough, the rustling of the closing leaves can be heard. When it becomes light, they unfold again.
Calathea grows in the tropical rainforest, in warm and humid conditions. He especially thrives on sheltered, not too light places around forest giants that filter the light.
Choice of assortment
There are many different Calatheas. There are some varieties that are sold as flowering plants, of which the C. crocata, with orange flowers, is the best known, with cultivars such as Tassmania and Candela. Other flowering Calatheas are C. warscewiczii (white) and C. 'Bicajoux' (pink). The other Calathea are beautiful decorative leaf plants with special leaf drawings and colors. Many varieties are characterized by a burgundy backside of the leaf. C. lancifolia and C. makoyana have been known for a long time, newer are C. rufibarba, zebrina and C. orbifolia. Calathea is offered from a small compact plant to a pot giant.
(source: Bloemenbureauholland.nl )