Albert, a Calathea Albertii, is another plant with leaves that almost appear as if painted by hand! His deep green leaves are patterned with pale green with brush-like strokes that fade gradually as they reach the leaves edges.
Native to the rainforests of South America, the Calathea, Prayer Plant, and Maranta families, have unique leaf movements whereby they actually raise and lower their leaves from day to night as if getting ready for bed!
And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, they’re also great at purifying the air!
Albert, Calathea Albertii - Small
Albert prefers bright indirect light to partial shade, without prolonged exposure to direct sun - a touch of morning sunlight wouldn’t go a miss.
If you’re not sure what level of light you have, check the shadows cast by your plant:
- Minimal shadow = lower light
- Half shadow = indirect light
- Full shadow = direct sun