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CALATHEA

What’s rustling there?

These leaves have waves and ridges, in round, pointy or oval shapes. They're also not scared of pattern. Meet Calathea.

The Calathea is the Houseplant of the month of November 2019 - thejoyofplants.co.uk

Colours and shapes

Calathea’s strength and beauty lie in its leaves: delightfully oval shapes in various shades of green with an occasional hint of purple. Think stripes, flame patterns or even just edged in colour. Some varieties also have eye-catching orange flowers. And that’s not all: as soon as the sun comes out in the morning those fabulous leaves spread themselves wide to catch the light. At night they softly close again. Look at your plant keeping fit!

Symbolism

The Calathea symbolises a new beginning. This has come from the famous expression ‘to turn over a new leaf’, because this is what the plant does when it gets dark. Give a Calathea as a gift to someone who starting afresh. Of course, you can also give it to yourself as a present, maybe at the start of the week, when you’ve coloured your hair differently — or simply because you adore Calatheas.

Origin

The plant comes from from the jungles of the Amazon in South America, where it lives in the shade beneath dense vegetation. Your Calathea will be happy in a shady spot or in a nice damp bathroom. Somewhere where it isn't drenched in sunlight.