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Furry Feather Calathea

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.

2 thoughts on “Furry Feather Calathea”

  • Carol

    My calthea Rufibarba has folded leaves. They do not unfold during day. Does foggy dreary weather keep them from unfolding?

    • Kevin


      Yes, particularly foggy, dreary weather can keep the leaves from unfolding during the day, especially if your Calathea is used to brighter weather. The leaves will also remain folded if they don't have enough water, which could be from underwatering, chronic overwatering (and rotting roots off), low humidity, or insects sucking too much sap out of the leaves. But if they normally unfold and they aren't in dreary weather, the lack of light is probably the cause.


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