Calathea (Calathea spp.)
Calathea Plant FeaturesA bold and beautiful houseplant, calathea looks good even without flowers. There are lots of varieties of calathea, but one of the most common has luscious, dark green leaves that have scalloped edges and silver brushmarks on the top of the leaves. Underneath, the leaves are a lovely shade of burgundy purple. Each one is a living work of art!
Calathea's fancy foliage makes smaller specimens excellent picks for tabletops; as the plants grow (eventually, they can get up to about 3 feet or so, but they are slow growers) they're fantastic floor plants or on low plant stands.
Note: Many calathea species (and their hybrids) have been reclassified to the genus Goeppertia.
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Calathea Growing InstructionsGrow calathea in medium to low light. This beautiful tropical doesn't like much sun on its leaves, so shield it from direct light to prevent sunburn. Water calathea enough to keep it moist, but not wet or saturated. This isn't a drought-tolerant houseplant, but it is relatively forgiving if you forget to water it from time to time. Extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges.
Like many tropical indoor plants, calathea prefers a spot with low to medium light and abundant humidity. If the air is too dry or the plant dries out too frequently, the leaf edges may turn brown and crispy.
Calathea is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Medium water needs
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Purifies the air
Complement your CalatheaMadagascar Dragon Tree
Complement calathea's beautiful leaves with the spikey look of a young Madagascar dragon tree.
Red aglaonema's variegated foliage is an ideal accent to calathea.
Flame violet, a unique variety in the Exotic Angel® Plants collection, loves high humidity and the same light as gorgeous calathea.