Calathea plants are part of the family of plants known as Marantaceae, which is a species of flowering plants from tropical areas such as Africa. They are famous for their wide, green, colorful leaves. These wide leaves make them popular for areas of low light. They are also commonly known as prayer plants
Many prayer plants require lower light than other popular plants, they open and close depending on the time of day and the available light. Their foliage is attractive on both sides of the leaves. Prayer plants enjoy a humid environment, but many varieties can handle lower levels of humidity. Calathea enjoy moist but not overly wet soil.