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Native to the Tropical Americas, the Rufibarba is a gorgeous plant that has very distinctive slim leaves that are a lush deep green on top and a dark purple underneath. This plant gets its common name, Velvet Calathea, from the fuzzy texture of the underside of its leaves. Not only does this plant look special, it is also great at purifying the air.
Neediness: enjoys a humid environment so regular misting is important. Occasionally dust or wipe leaves with a damp cloth to help keep pores clear.
Watering: avoid overwatering and aim to keep soil moist but not soggy. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Reduce the amount of water given during the winter months.
Ideal location: bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and studies
Rate of growth: average
Temperature: this plant can be kept at normal room temperature, not below 15c and avoid draughts.
Pets: this plant is safe around pets.
Also known as: Velvet Calathea
(Does not include decorative pot.)
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