Calathea Helen Kennedy...This is an extremely rare Calathea. These really don't come up very often at all maybe every other year or so if that!  Pot size is 19cm and the height is approximately 70-80cm spread 60-80cm (These are bigger than they look) Free AM express shipping 


About Calathea helen kennedy...

This super rare Calathea was named after a famous female botanist called Helen Kennedy. She sounds like a pretty cool chick so I thought I would share a little bit about her. Helen was born in California in 1944.


After studying music in Arizona she then went onto gain a master's degree in botany and by the 70's she was travelling all over the world from Australia to Venezuela collecting and documenting new species (dream job!). Helen collected this Calathea in 1971 in Panama originally named Calathea dressleri.


She had a big love for the Marantaceae family and was a keen collector of aroids too, a girl after my own heart! As far as I can see Helen described/collected so many plants that we love today such as the Calathea orbifolia, Ctenanthe burle-marxii. She also has had several other plants named after her which I think is pretty special!  

References: Natural History Museum (BM)


Care: The Calathea Helen kennedy needs to be kept moist at all times but never wet. Let the top 2 inches dry out slightly before watering you may want to use a moisture reader to ensure you get the watering correct. I would mist regularly or place her near a humidifier make sure she has good airflow and out of cold draughts. Bright light - I would suggest she has a little more light than other members of the Calathea family so if you place her somewhere out of direct sunlight where she is able to see the sky.


Other information:

Size: Pot size is 19cm and the height is approximately 70-80cm spread 60-80cm

Toxicity: Pet Safe 

Difficulty: Medium depending on your environment 

Feeding: General, the majority of houseplants should be fed every 2nd watering during the growing season (Spring and Summer), for me, it's about which every 14 days. In autumn and winter, I feed less, as indoor plants will require fewer nutrients.

Calathea helen kennedy

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