Calatheas are fairly new to the houseplant world and come in many varieties and different colours. They are closely related to the maranta group (aka prayer plants). Calatheas are grown for their stunning foliage. They require a little more care, but with the right conditions they will flourish.
Here are two of the more popular varieties of calatheas.
The rose painted calathea is a clump-forming evergreen growing up to 50 cm tall. The underside of the leaves are a dark purple. Calatheas prefer bright light, however direct sunlight will burn the leaves. Humidity is very important for calathea, so mist the plant a few times a day or set it on a tray with pebbles filled with water.
The most noticeable characteristic of this calathea are its large green leaves with silver metallic pattern. The leaves can grow to almost 12 inches wide, with mature plants reaching 2.5 feet tall and wide. Keep this variety moist at all times, but not soggy. Providing humidity will keep the leaves from curling or getting brown edges. Calathea orbifolia prefers less sun, so bright filtered places work best.