What Is This Houseplant?

plant with long ruffled med green leaves with purple undersidesWe received this houseplant from a funeral, but none of us are sure what it is. The stems and undersides of the leaves are purple and fuzzy. It is also quite large - about waist high in its pot.


I want to care for it properly. Anyone have any ideas?

What Is This Houseplant?

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November 11, 20160 found this helpful
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Hello ! It is a calathea, possibly it is a calathea rufibarba.
No direct sun, warmth and moist. You can check the cares for calathea in general, they all need the same conditions and cares.

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December 22, 20160 found this helpful

This is an epiphyte

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November 5, 20170 found this helpful

shade loving Velvet Calathea prefers low light and regular watering. If you let it go dry for too long it will "faint" and break its stems. It is non toxic. A favourite of ours - it has lots of "personality", opens up in the day and closes at night and that velvet texture is really cool.


If you see the leaves curling, it's likely getting too much light.

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January 27, 20180 found this helpful

That's a Calathea. I just bought one! They're beautiful. They come in different varieties. Some leaves are round with purple veins. I love the ruffle leave and purple bottom on this variety. Enjoy!

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April 2, 20180 found this helpful

I got mine from my mom's funeral and it's almost dead. Don't know if I'm watering too much or too little and no one can tell me what it is

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