Calathea, commonly referred to as Peacock Plant or Prayer Plant, is a captivating genus of tropical and subtropical plants renowned for their striking foliage. The genus includes around 60 species, each boasting unique leaf patterns, sizes, and colors. Calathea plants are prized for their ornamental value and are popular both as houseplants and garden specimens.

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Native Habitat: Calathea species originate from tropical regions of the Americas, primarily in Brazil. They thrive in humid environments, often found in rainforests and along stream banks. These plants typically grow in the understory of forests, where they receive filtered sunlight. The natural habitat of Calathea plants is characterized by high humidity, warm temperatures, and rich, well-draining soil.

Historical and Cultural Significance: Calathea plants have a rich cultural history in their native regions. In many cultures, they are considered symbols of new beginnings and purification. The large, striking leaves of some species have been used in various cultural rituals and as food sources in certain indigenous communities.