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Calathea orbifolia

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About This Product

Species Name: Calathea orbifolia 

Common name(s): Prayer Plant 

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Large round leaves with silver bands
  • Makes a bold statement in any room as its leaves can reach up to 10” wide
  • Does great in terrariums or as a houseplant in semi-shaded areas
  • Can be a challenging plant to keep for beginners

Recommended Pot Size: Small - Medium

Josh’s Frogs offers a wide variety of supplies for all of your indoor gardening needs.

Temperature requirement: 65-75°F

Humidity: Dry (0-30%)  Moderate (30-70%) Humid (70-100%)

Watering frequency: Regular watering. Water once the top inch of soil becomes dry. Approx. every 1-2 weeks. 

Lighting:  Full Shade    Partial Shade    Full Sun

Soil type: Well-draining potting soil or a prepared soil mixture such as Josh's Frogs Potting Soil mix offered Here

Growth rate: Moderate

Height: up to 3’ 

Origin: South America, Eastern Brazil

Regional locality: Found in tropical rainforests on the forest floor

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10

Suggested Vivarium/ Animal Terrarium Use:




  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Aquatic Set-ups
  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Snakes
  • Geckos
  • Temperate Vivariums



  • Frogs & Toads ✔
  • Lizards & turtles ✔
  • Snakes ✔
  • Geckos ✔
  • Tropical Vivariums ✔
  • Toads
  • Lizards and tortoises
  • Geckos
  • Desert Vivariums

Care Notes: Needs high humidity to thrive. Grouping with other plants or growing in a terrarium can help provide the humidity levels needed by this species. 

Shipping Notes: 

As a good practice, Josh's Frogs recommends washing all plants thoroughly removing as much soil as possible with dechlorinated water before placing them in their final home. Live plants may vary in color, size, and appearance.


The plant pictured is in a 2.5" pot.


This product ships to your doorstep. Most orders placed before 2pm ET on business days will ship out the same day.

Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

Live Arrival Guarantee

This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:

  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Next Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -40 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.

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Customer Reviews

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Lovely plant but a bit small

I bought two of these beauties earlier this year and loved everything about them...except they were smaller than I expected. I saw the size of the pot listed in the description but somehow expected a larger plant than I received. Since the two I originally purchased were small, I bought 3 more this month. They traveled all the way to North Carolina in just 2 days and were in good shape when they arrived. I also really love the plant care sheet you include with your plant orders, explaining any issues the plants may have developed in transit and how to remedy them. It's a really nice touch. I really appreciate that your company has plants available to purchase that may be hard to obtain otherwise - with these, I looked all over the place where I live but no one had them. Thank you for helping me obtain my dream plant! :D


Extremely Small With Unestablished Root System

Unfortunately I can’t say I’m super happy or impressed with my orbifolias - I got two of them. They are super tiny and I could have dealt with that but they both have totally unestablished root systems. The roots were practically non existent - they extend only a few centimeters down from the plant and don’t touch any of the container walls at all (and the container is tiny). The unestablished root systems meant that when you try to repot, the plant kind of pops out of the soil - with 90% of the rootless soil left in the tiny pot. Also the fact that almost none of the soil was permeated and bound by the root systems of the plants - they made a huge mess with soil all over them in the shipping box. These orbifolias should not have been sold yet, they needed to remain in the nursery until they were better established and a little bigger. I will say that I got a medallion calathea in my order too and it did not have this issue - it was obviously better established with a good root system that came out of the nursery pot easily and whole. It was also bigger - more the size I was expecting the orbifolias to be and made no mess in the box it came in at all. I understand orbifolias are popular plants right now and there is a lot of demand but these really were not ready for sale. They aren’t dead and do look like they would have become lovely plants if allowed to grow up a little more before they were put through the trauma of shipping. I hope that I am able to keep them alive but with the roots like they are I’m highly concerned. I am not a calathea novice either btw. If these were allowed to grow up like the medallion calathea I got too it would have been a 5 star order but as it is unfortunately I can’t recommend them.


Received a beautiful health plant

Thank you for this breathtaking beautiful plant it's look very health and the information came with plant means you love and enjoy taking care of your merchandise .Thank you so much


Very happy!

Arrived well packaged & healthy with no damage from shipping. My orbifolia has already tripled in size & is quickly becoming one of my favorite plants - such an understated beauty.

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