The calathea was given its common name, prayer plant, because its leaves fold together at night, like praying hands. If you’re up early enough you’ll see those leaves relax at sunrise, to collect all the day’s rays.
Native to Brazilian rainforests, the prayer plant grows in a variety of different colours in the wild.
To keep your plant happy, give it a spot somewhere that gets a medium level of light and water it whenever the top two inches of soil feel dry. You should also give it a feed with liquid fertiliser once a month in spring and summer.
This plant is amazingly easy to keep.