The Velvet Leaf Calathea is deliciously tactile, with dark, sultry foliage that is eminently strokable. The top of each leaf is deep green, with bright green markings, while each underside is a rich purple.
If you're interested in using plants to make your home environment more compatible with your innate needs, the Velvet Leaf is a solid all-rounder.
Humans are hardwired to respond positively to particular forms, colours and patterns in nature, as these would have signalled an abundant landscape in pre-historic times. With its distinct, fractal pattern, vibrant green colouring, texture, and propensity to open and close its leaves, the Velvet Leaf scores highly on the compatibility scale. It should help you relax, restore and focus.
Originating from the rain forests of Central and South America, the Calathea Velvet likes indirect light, warmth and humidity (which can be replicated through misting). It can also transpire and act as a natural humidifier in your home. Plus, the big leaves, covered in tiny pores will trap VOCs in the home.
Growing pot size: 19cm diameter. Overall plant height (including the growing pot) is 80-90cm.
Pets and children: Safe
Excludes decorative pot. The large is featured in Merry XL