Maggie, a Calathea, or Stromanthe Magic Star, is definitely one of the brightest and most boldly patterned members of the family! Her deep green leaves are covered with cream speckles which are reminiscent of the night sky, and then to match the space theme her underbelly is a dark pink-purple colour.
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!
Maggie, Calathea Magic Star - Medium
Maggie 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