CALATHEA

What’s rustling there?

Leaves with waves, ridges and round, pointy or oval shapes and that are also not scared of pattern. Meet the Calathea.

The Calathea is the Houseplant of the month of September 2014 - thejoyofplants.co.za

Colours and shapes

Calathea’s strength and beauty lie in its leaves: oval delights in various shades of green with an occasional hint of purple. Think of stripes, flame patterns or just a coloured edge. 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 in order to catch the light, and at night they close again. That’s how your plant keeps fit.

Symbolism

The Calathea symbolises a new beginning. That meaning is derived from the expression ‘to turn over a new leaf’, which is what the plant does when it gets dark. So give a Calathea as a gift to someone who starting afresh. Or to yourself of course, at the start of a new week, when you’ve got a new hair colour or just because you adore Calatheas.

Origin

The plant originates from the jungles of the Amazon region in South America where it lives in the shade beneath dense vegetation. Your Calathea will therefore be happy in a shady spot or in a nice damp bathroom that is not drenched in sunlight.