About The Calathea Jungle Velvet
Calatheas belong to the Marantacea family, also called the arrowroot family or the prayer plant family. Maranta plants are found across the world in low-lying tropical areas, including in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
These tropical plants are found in the jungles of Central and South America, hence the name jungle velvet. In their natural habitat, they thrive in dappled and low light conditions, warm temperatures, and high humidity common in jungle regions.
All calatheas (also called prayer plants) are absolutely gorgeous indoor plants, but if you want something truly unique, you should get your hands on a jungle velvet calathea.
These plants have deep green leaves covered in light green veins. On the underside of the leaves, there is a deep burgundy or maroon color. This underside is why these plants are called velvet plants - it feels just like velvet when touched!
Jungle velvet plants have broad leaves that close during the night and open once morning rolls around, a neat feature of several plants in the mantara family. What this means is you get a wonderful spectacle of green hues during the day, and burgundy colors at night as the plant's leaves furl closed.
You don't have to worry about your home becoming overgrown with jungle velvet plants - they grow about 20 to 40 inches tall and wide - the perfect table plant.
Enough about leaves, what about flowers?
Although your calathea is a flowering tropical plant, you will rarely find that it blooms indoors. Only under the most perfect conditions (which are hard to achieve unless you happen to live in the South American rainforest) will an indoor jungle velvet plant bloom. Its flowers grow in a cone-shaped cluster, and are a cream color, with hints of pink.
The gorgeous coloring of the plant's leaves means it will look stunning in just about any room in your house. But, you do need to keep the plant's needs in mind when you think of where to place it in a room.
Jungle velvet calatheas need bright, indirect light and high humidity. For that reason, it could look stunning in a bathroom that is often used for long, hot showers.
If you happen to have a humidifier at home, you have a couple more options. Place your calathea in the living room on an end table, in the dining room as a focal point in the middle of the table, or on the dresser in your bedroom - just make sure the humidifier is close by.