Furry Feather Calathea

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  • Stunning Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 23-inches
  • Pet Safe

The Furry Feather Calathea goes by many names, including Calathea Rufibarba, Peacock plant, and Zebra plant. The long, dark-green leaves have a light-green midrib and ruffled edges, but what sets these plants apart is the maroon or purple undersides of the leaves. The pop of color will be on full display in the evening and early morning because Calathea leaves move throughout the day. The leaves fold up during the evening and night, exposing the underside, and lower during the day to showcase the pattern on the top.

Best Locations For Growing Furry Feather Calathea

Furry Feather Calathea needs a spot with low light and increased humidity to look its best and put on a lovely foliage display. High humidity keeps the leaves hydrated, making this plant a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms, or other areas with naturally high humidity. You can still enjoy a Prayer Plant in areas with low humidity, but you’ll need to use a humidifier or a pebble tray with water.

Furry Feather Calathea Sunlight Requirements

Low indirect light is best for Furry Feather Calathea. Increased light can damage the sensitive foliage and dry out the soil and leaves. Avoid direct sunlight, which is more than the leaves can handle. 

Furry Feather Calathea Care

The Furry Feather Calathea is easy as far as Prayer Plants go, but it does require high humidity. High levels of moisture in the air keep the leaves full and healthy. The foliage dries and turns brown along the edges when grown in dry conditions.

Watering Furry Feather Calathea

Feel the soil to accurately gauge the dryness and water when the top layer of the soil is damp. Furry Feather Calathea prefers damp soil. This plant does not like to dry out, and it does not like to be soggy. Finding that middle ground between dry and saturated is ideal for keeping Furry Feather Calathea happy.

Feeding Furry Feather Calathea

Feeding Calathea helps this plant push out new leaves and flowers, but too much of a good thing can be damaging. Feed the Furry Feather Calathea when the plant is actively growing in the spring and summer. Use a water-soluble, balanced or nitrogen-rich fertilizer every two weeks.

Furry Feather Calathea Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast
Mature Height: 23-inches
Mature Spread: 6 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Green, Yellow
Flower Shade/Description: Yellowish with Green
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Soft Green
Temperature: 60° - 70°F (16° - 21°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Furry Feather Calathea
Other Name(s): Goeppertia Rufibarba, Velvet Calathea
Scientific Name: Calathea rufibarba
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Furry Feather Calathea Show Reviews

  • 5
    thumbs up! i like it!

    Posted by Lisa Nelson on Jun 15, 2023

    Perfect for busy plant lovers like me. It's thriving in my garden area.