Calathea Ornata


A Calathea ornata is native to Africa, the West Indies, and Central and South America and has large, oval, vibrantly colored striped leaves. The beautiful leaves of the Calathea “ornata” grow at the end of long stems and require quite a bit of care to stay looking good. Although a close relative of the prayer plant, a calathea definitely require more attention.

Calathea Ornata Description

Indoors, this plant rarely grows larger than about 2ft. wide and 2ft. tall. The leaves of the calathea ornata are smaller than those of other calathea plants and have bright pink stripes. The pink coloring of the “roseolineata” variety is even more vibrant.

Quick Care Tips for a Calathea Ornata

High humidity is a must or the plant gets brown leaf tips. Place the plant on a wet pebble tray if the air is very dry

Keep soil barely moist at all times and avoid using water that contains any chemicals including salt.

Bright , indirect light

Fertilize only when the plan is actively growing



What Should I Do With the Flowers on My Calathea Plant, Leave Them on or Cut Them Off??

The flowers on a Calathea are beautiful and you should let them stay on as long as possible and enjoy them. With plants like a Coleus, that has beautiful leaves and small inconsequential flowers, I recommend immediately pinching off the flowers.

Why Does My Calathea Plant Get Brown Edges and Brown Spots on the Leaves?

Calathea plant leaves may get brown leaf edges for many reasons: Your water has too many chemicals in it. The water is too hard or too soft or it has passed through a softener. You are giving the plant too much plant food.The plant is in direct sun and is getting a sun burn. Perhaps there is insufficient humidity in the air. Distinct brown spots on the leaves usually indicate a bacterial or fungal plant disease.