What is this plant? How do I take care of it?

Can’t seem to find this plant online. Got it at my brothers funeral and am desperate to keep it alive. Half of it is dead? Not sure how that happened?


Your plant is a type of Calathea and the variety is “Rufibarba.”

A Calathea plant requires bright indirect light but no direct sun or the leaves will fade and burn. The leaves of a Calathea are easily damaged by the quality of the water you use. Hard water or soft water, water with a high chemical content (fluorine, chlorine, or salt), or water of poor quality causes leaf burnt the tips and edges of the leaves. Water with distilled water, rain water, or allow your tap water to sit out over night before using it. Although Calathea plants like moist but not soggy soil at all times, never let the plant sit in water. Allow the top 2-3” of  soil  to dry out before watering. Fertilize monthly in the spring, summer, and fall with a basic houseplant food at ½ the recommended strength. Never feed a Calathea plant, or any houseplant, if it is not actively growing.

You can read all my care tips of how to grow and maintain Calathea plants in the Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of a different variety, but the care is the same.