Oliver, a Calathea Orbifolia, is one of the most sought after members of the Calathea family, which is probably down to the fact he has large round, or orb like, leaves. His bright green foliage is striped with silver-green markings with his underside also a pale silver-green 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!
Oliver, Calathea Orbifolia - Small
Oliver 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