Calathea rufibarba

This Furry Feather Calathea plant is often grown for its uniquely-textured, ornamental leaves which are covered with short hairs.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperms
Class: Monocots
Order: Zingiberales
Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Calathea
Species: rufibarba


Natural habitat and growing conditions:

Native to tropical rainforests of eastern Brazil, this species grows best with medium light levels and warm, humid conditions. It is damaged by temperatures below 60 °F.

Notes of interest:

  • The leaves are pleated, green above and purple below. The fine hairs covering the leaves feel like velvet.
  • As with all Calathea species, this plant folds its leaves vertically at night, returning them to horizontal the next day.