Please help to identify my houseplant

Hi Judy,
I would like to kindly ask you to identify my houseplant.
Also can you advise if it’s normal that the leaves keep changing all the time? They stand erect, then hang down, stand erect again. Am I keeping doing something wrong? Does it need more/less sun/water?
Thank you,


Hi Rizzo,

Your plant is called a Calathea. It hangs down when it needs water and probably stands erect after you water it. A Calathea likes bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. It is very sensitive to water that has salt or chemicals in it. You may have to use distilled water to keep the leaves looking good. There are complete care instructions for a Calathea in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.