Calathea Medallion Plant

Scientific name : “Calathea roseopicta”

Calathea roseopicta ‘Medallion’ is a cultivar of calathea selected for round leaves with brilliant markings, resembling a medallion. Calatheas are often called ‘prayer plants’ because of their unique leaf movements: they raise and lower their leaves from day to night as a part of their circadian rhythm.

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Calathea roseopicta ‘Medallion’ is a cultivar of calathea selected for round leaves with brilliant markings, resembling a medallion. Calatheas are often called ‘prayer plants’ because of their unique leaf movements: they raise and lower their leaves from day to night as a part of their circadian rhythm. This phenomenon is called nyctinasty. Plant movements are controlled by a flux of water pressure in the pulvini – nodes at the base of the leaves. Scientists theorize that these movements are meant to follow the sun and catch as much light as possible –– an essential trait for a forest-floor-dwelling plant! The Calathea Medallion gets its name from the unique roundness of its leaves. They have a brilliant green pattern on top and are a deep burgundy underneath.

Sunlight –  It requires indirect sunlight.

Watering – The compost should always remain moist, but never left wet or sitting in water

Plant Care – If the plant is left sitting in water and the compost is too wet you may notice as the foliage starts to yellow and droop. The plentiful foliage on the Calathea plant is prone to collecting dust when kept indoors. The keep the leaves breathing easy and looking healthy, dust them off with a cloth when needed.

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