The Encyclopedia of House Plants

Click a link for description, or click a picture to see a larger image

Calathea

Family: Marantaceae.

This plant is available in our partner's store!

Calathea Genus of about 300 species of evergreen, rhizomatous perennials found in humid forest margins in tropical Central and South America, and the West Indies. The Calateas are grown for their ornately leaves, but there is an exception. Calathea crocata has quite plain foliage and is bought fot its display of erect orange-red flowers.

The Calatheas are very difficult to care for. In expert hands they can be grown as uncovered specimens but they are much more suitable for the terrarium or bottle garden.

Calathea
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth.Good indirect light is the proper location - an east- or north-facing windowsill is ideal. Grow in soilless or soil-based potting mix. Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allowd to dry out. Misting is necessary. The simplest way is to devide the plant in early spring.
Calathea 'Freddie'
Calathea 'Freddie'
Calathea argyrophilla
Calathea argyrophilla
Calathea crocata
Calathea crocata
Calathea ecuadoriana
Calathea ecuadoriana
Calathea lancifolia
Calathea lancifolia
Calathea leitzei
Calathea leitzei
Calathea leopardina
Calathea leopardina
Calathea macoyana Morr.
Calathea macoyana Morr.
Calathea maranatha
Calathea maranatha
Calathea orbifolia
Calathea orbifolia
Calathea ornata Koern (sanderiana). var. roseo-lineata Rgl.
Calathea ornata Koern (sanderiana). var. roseo-lineata Rgl.
Calathea pseudoveitchiana
Calathea pseudoveitchiana
Calathea roseopicta
Calathea roseopicta
Calathea roseopicta 'Silvia'
Calathea roseopicta 'Silvia'
Calathea rotundifolia
Calathea rotundifolia
Calathea Rufibarba
Calathea Rufibarba
Calathea zebrina Lindl.
Calathea zebrina Lindl.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

sessy
U.S.A
1st Aug 2004
We recently purchased a Calathea Roseoptica. We love it!! It is the perfect complement to our living room. We were amazed to find that it sleeps - it begins to close in at aroung 6p.m. and is fully open by 9a.m.
Kim
Australia
7th Apr 2010
I have a beautiful calathea that i keep in my kitchen between the kettle and the tap basin, so it can take advantage of the humidity, steam, splashes, etc and it's been thriving for over two years... It's exquisitely decorated and I also love how it folds itself up at night to sleep, it looks like a bat.
George
Greece
23rd May 2010
I have a Calathea in my paludarium, it grows very fast, I suppose because its warm and moisty there. I suggest it for paludariums ;)
Andrea
USA
28th Oct 2010
I have had a calathea zebrina for over 5 years and despite what most texts say about the difficulty of growing this plant, mine is very large and looks great! I did have some problems with mealy bugs and yet with very little effort on my part, the plant continues to thrive in my east window.
These materials are freely provided for instructional and educational purposes. Any duplication or publication of text or images herein for commercial gain without explicit written permission of the owner or photographer constitutes breach of trust and violation of copyright.
Copyright © Galka Okhapkina 1998-2014