Barbara, a Calathea Rufibarba or Velvet Calathea, is a sister to Ben, a Calathea Blue Grass. Both Barbara and Ben share the same unique velvety layer that makes them soft to the touch and offers protection. Barbara has red stems, deep blue-green leaves, and a dark purple underbelly.
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!
Barbara, Calathea Rufibarba - Small
Barbara prefers bright indirect light to partial shade, without prolonged exposure to direct sun - a touch of morning sunlight however would be welcomed.
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