Leo, a Calathea Leopardina, is so named because his markings are reminiscent of a creature straight out of the animal kingdom! His leaves are bright green with matte dark green markings and if Leo is happy, he'll display bright yellow flowers that look similar to a butter-cup!
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!
Leo, Calathea Leopardina
Leo 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