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Calathea “Furry Feather”

Latin name

Calathea rufibarba


(“kal-ah-THEE-ah roof-fee-BAR-bah”)

Common name

Velvet Calathea


North-eastern Brazil

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Calathea ‘Furry Feather’, or Calathea rufibarba, is a herbaceous plant with long leaves, which have very distinctive ruffled, or wavy edges and velvety red undersides, and which are held almost upright (making the undersides visible). The specific name, rufibarba, means red beard. This is a plant chosen for its beautiful foliage – the flowers, if they occur indoors, are very dull and can be cut off with a sharp knife or scissors.

All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant



Low to medium. Avoid direct sunlight


The growing medium should be kept moist at all times during growth but less so in winter if conditions are cool. Over watering may lead to stem rot, while under watering causes the leaves to go yellow or spotted. Excessively cold water may also be damaging.


There is no need to prune this plant. If any leaves are damaged, cut them back to the base of the petiole (leaf stem) with a sharp knife or scissors.


Add a weak solution of fertilizer to the water when you water the plant.

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs and two-spotted spider mites are occasional problems. Spider mites can cause permanent and severe damage if they are not controlled as soon as they are seen by removal with a damp cloth or paper towel. Mites are deterred by humidity, so regular misting is beneficial.

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Mill Road,
CM22 6AA

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