Calathea orbifolia is a species of prayer plant. Native to Bolivia, it is commonly kept as an houseplant in temperate zones for its ornamental leaves. It requires partial shade, humidity, and good drainage to thrive.
Since Calatheas are native to tropical lands, their care is a bit different. Like the shady floors of the tropical canopies, this genus prefers low to medium light. Too much direct sunlight can damage their fragile leaves. Signs of too much sun exposure may result in sunburn or dullness in the color of the leaves. Along with light preferences, these plants require high humidity to mimic their natural habitat. Though, high humidity does not necessarily equate to a lot of water. Calatheas should be kept moist, but not wet. Over or under watering these finicky plants can lead to brown dry leaves. With tropical plants, temperature is a very important part. Calatheas prefer temperatures 60° F / 15°C and above to support healthy growth. In ample conditions, Calatheas can grow up to three feet in height with wide leaves. Though they are slow growers, once they reach their ultimate height they will stop growing.