Whitney, a Calathea Whitestar, has beautiful large dark green leaves with unusual brush stroke-like white stripes and a purple underbelly. Even more unusually for a Calathea, Whitney grows upright which means she doesn’t take up too much floor space!
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!
Whitney, Calathea Whitestar - Small
Whitney 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