Calathea orbifolia has vivid, bright green leaves, lashed with silvery stripes, and slightly curly edges. It grows as tall and wide as 3 feet (90 cm), with round leaves that are typically 12 inches (30 cm) wide. In fact, it is the round shape of the leaves that gives Calathea orbifolia its name, from the Latin word ‘orbis,’ which means ‘circular.’ The Calathea orbifoliahas a moderately-fast growth rate indoors.
Sometimes calatheas are called prayer plants because they raise their leaves at night like prayer plants. In the evening, the leaves of calathea plants fold upright at the base of the stem, as if the plant is folding its leaves upward to pray.
Calathea orbifolia thrives in medium indirect light, high humidity, and temperatures ranging between 65°F and 75°F (18°C – 24°C). Grow in well-draining potting soil and keep it moist by watering when the top 1” to 2” (2.5 – 5 cm) of soil dries. Fertilize monthly during the growing season.