Zac, a Calathea Zebrina, has large ornamental leaves with bright green zebra-like stripes on a soft velvety deep green canvas. His underbelly is a dark red-purple colour. In the wild, Zac's leaves can grow as long as 45cm, and curl up at night to 'sleep'.
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!
Zac, Calathea Zebrina - Small
Zac 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