This plant is pet safe

We have researched this plant using reliable sources and it has been deemed non toxic to pets.

However, like anything that isn’t part of the natural diet, it may cause an upset tummy if eaten.

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Calathea Rufibarba Velvet Prayer Plant 14cm pot

This beautiful Calathea Rufibarba (Goeppertia rufibarba) is commonly known as velvet calathea, furry feather plant or wavestar would make a perfect statement plant for a room with low to medium light. This native to Brasil plant is well known for its velvety/fuzzy underleaf in deep mulberry colour.

This plant thrives in moderate to bright indirect light and prefers consistently moist soil during hot months and you can let the soil dries out between waterings in winter. It is also essential to maintain a humid environment through regular misting or placing a humidifier nearby, as the plant is native to tropical regions. Avoid overwatering and make sure to use good quality growing medium created for Calathea plants when repotting.



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With proper care, Calathea can continue to thrive and add a pop of colour to your indoor space. Its low-maintenance nature and air-purifying abilities make it a perfect choice for plant enthusiasts of all skill levels.

The velvety leaves of Calathea Rufibarba serve several purposes and have certain characteristics that make them unique:

  1. Texture: The soft, velvety texture of the leaves gives them a soft and fuzzy feel when touched. This tactile quality adds an interesting sensory element to the plant, making it enjoyable to interact with.
  2. Visual Appeal: The velvety leaves create a visually striking appearance. The texture adds depth and dimension to the foliage, making it visually interesting and appealing. The soft sheen of the velvety surface can also catch and reflect light, enhancing the plant’s overall beauty.
  3. Adaptation to Environment: The velvety texture of the leaves is an adaptation that helps the plant survive in its natural environment. Fine hairs under leaves can help to reduce moisture loss. This adaptation helps the plant conserve water and maintain its moisture balance.
  4. Protection: The fuzzy coating on the leaves may serve as a form of protection against various environmental factors including wind or even pests which may struggle to move across the velvety surface.
  5. Sensory Defense Mechanism: Some plants, including Calathea Rufibarba, have developed specialized structures like velvety leaves as a defence mechanism against herbivores (organisms which consume plants). The soft hairs on the leaves can cause discomfort or irritation to certain animals or insects, deterring them from feeding on the plant.


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