Calathea Varieties

When it comes to indoor plant species, calathea plants are almost always on top of the list. Its tolerance to low light level conditions and fairly low requirement for care and maintenance make this plant a favorite staple indoors. On top of that, calathea varieties are so diverse and attractive with their patterned and colorful foliage.

In this article, Plantly compiled the most gorgeous calathea varieties that you’ll certainly love to own. So keep reading and get ready to be amazed.

15 Gorgeous Calathea Varieties You Love To Own

Calathea orbifolia

calathea orbifolia

The Calathea orbifolia boasts an exquisite appearance with those large, and patterned leaves. Each round leaf is designed with pale silver-green stripes on its light green surface. Due to the size of its foliage, this plant is also known as round-leaf calathea.

For a more defined variegation, the plant requires bright, indirect light. It prefers a warm temperature and a high humidity level. So, make sure that keep the plant misted. Keep the soil damp but avoid overwatering.

Calathea roseopicta

calathea roseopicta

Otherwise known as rose painted calathea, the dark green foliage of this plant is adorned with beautiful white, green, and mauve tones. When the plant folds up during the night, you’ll observe that the leaf’s underside is a flashing color of burgundy. So, this plant is a real beauty back to back.

Rose painted calathea originates from Northwest Brazil. To keep this calathea healthy, it needs exposure to bright, indirect light. The soil must be consistently wet but not soggy so make sure to provide a well-draining potting mix.

Calathea roseopicta ‘Rosey’

Calathea roseopicta ‘Rosey’

Another variety of the Calathea roseopicta is the one known as ‘Rosey’. This one is extremely attractive because of the pink color that can be found at the center of each leaf. Younger leaves has more defined pink hues while the mature leaves are splashed with light green and pink tones. Another notable thing about the foliage are the dark green edges.

Its growing requirements are pretty much the same with other varieties of Calathea roseopicta. Remember to provide diffused light so the leaves will remain vibrant in color.

Calathea warscewiczii

Calathea warscewiczii

If you’re having trouble pronouncing the words Calathea warscewiczii, we suggest that you call it Calathea Jungle Velvet instead. These terms point to the same species of plant anyway. As it common name suggests, the stunning foliage of this species has a velvet color underside. The surface, on the otherhand, is variegated with a light green pattern found at the center. The surrounding edges are bright green in color.

This plant will thrive in an indoor condition provided that there’s plenty of humidity. Those velvety leaves will flourish if it receives there’s enough moisture. As for lightrequirements, it prefers to have bright indirect sunlight.

Calathea makoyana

calathea makoyana

The interesting thing about Calathea makoyana is that it’s wonderful foliage is heavily patterned with oval shapes of emerald green. This pattern closely resembles the one you see in peacocks. So, it’s not surprising that this plant is named after this avian species. It’s either called as peacock calathea or peacock plant.

Avoid placing Calathea makonaya under direct sunlight as this will damage the dense foliage. Keep it well-watered and make sure to maintain high humidity levels. It would be ideal to group this with other tropical plants.

Calathea ornata

calathea ornata

If you fancy plants with stripe variegations, then pinstripe calathea is for you. This species has dark green leaves patterned with tiny white stripes on the surface. Like the other calathea species, its underside boasts a burgundy color. Calathea ornata will surely make a stunning addition to your office or home.

What’s makes Calathea ornata unique is the presence of light pink stripes on its dark green leaves. These stripes are the reason why this species is commonly called as pin stripe plant. At the back of the foliage, the color is solid and deep purple. This calathea can grow up to 2 feet in height and width. It makes a perfect potted plant indoors.

A bright indicrect sunlight is most ideal for its growth. Make sure to provide plenty of moisture through regular watering and high humidity.

Calathea zebrina

calathea zebrina

Another calathea plant that bears striking foliage is the Calathea zebrina or the zebra plant. It is called as such because the stripes present in its light green foliage resembles that of a zebra. The stripes may be white or yellow in color and they appear to be feather-like. Zebra plant has long stalks.

Avoid placing the plant under overly wet conditions as this may lead to root rot. This is the usual cause of casualty among zebra plants so try to be careful. Make sure that the soil is well-draining. Provide consistent misting and partial shade.

Calathea ornata ‘Sanderiana’

calathea ornata sanderiana

Another variety of the Calathea ornata is the Sanderiana. It has dark green leaves that are large, elliptical, and glossy. The stripes have pink overtones layered on its surface while the back boasts of purple undersides.

The growing requirements of this plant is just the same with that of other Calathea ornata varieties.

Calathea ‘Fusion White’

calathea white fusion

The white fusion is unique among the calathea genus. The variegations of white, green and lilac make up the color of its foliage. The plant is magnificent and is a valuable addition to your household. Place it indoors and it will make a striking appearance.

To keep the variegation vibrant, place the white fusion under bright but indirect light. A warm environment with high level of humidity is a lovely place for this calathea. When the top 2 inches of the soil gets dry, provide water.

Calathea albertii ‘White Tiger’

Calathea albertii or popularly known as White Tiger has strong similarity with the White Fusion. They both have striking variegations of white, light pink, and green. The difference though relies on the pattern of its variegation as the white markings in White fusion are more prominent.

This plant needs partial shade too in order to show off those beautiful colors. Just like the other calathea plants, White tiger needs high level of humidity.

Calathea ‘Beauty Star’

calathea beauty star

Calathea Beaty Star is definitely a real beauty. Once glance and you’ll surely be captivated by its vivid leaf patterns. The foliage are upright with feather-like stripes. They make an elegant attraction to any home with a dazzling colors of white and pink. The purple undersides are also prominent.

Keep the soil evenly moist and bring it under bright filtered light. Humidity levels higher than 60% is most preferred.

Calathea roseopicta ‘Medallion’

calathea medallion

Characterized for having large, oval, and patterned leaves, the Calathea medallion is another plant for keeps. On top of each dark-colored leaf is a light green border or outline while the center has a feather-like pattern. The leaves, however, has deep purple undersides.

This plant gets happy with medium to bright, indirect light. The temperature must be warm, between 65-85oF. Of course, it requires high humidity as well so make sure it receives regular mist.

Calathea lancifolia

calathea lancifolia

Calathea lancifolia has lance shaped leaves that are adorned with dark green oval shapes or dots. It’s also known as rattlesnake plant probably because it offers a wild attraction when added inside a room. This plants is quite showy and stunning and its leaf edges are somehow corrugated.

This calathea doesn’t want to dry out so make sure to give water regularly. Otherwise, you’ll observe leaf curling when the plant gets dehydrated. Keep it in a well-lit area with indirect exposure to light.

Calathea roseopicta ‘Dottie’

calathea dottie

A rich dark purple leaves and bright pink markings is what sets apart the Calathea dottie. You’ll definitely fall in love with the stunning appearance of this plant with those colored round leaves. The foliage alone is enough for a treat.

This compact plant loves high humidity and plenty of moisture. So, make sure to give those requirements.

Final Thought

With such a huge expanse of choices, you’re probably overwhelmed by what species or variety of calathea to acquire. Don’t let this throw you. Choose the one that suits best the growing requirements you have at home, and the type of design you wish to achieve at home.

Head out to Plantly and check the available calathea plants we have in our marketplace. We simple offer the best!

Whether you want to buy, sell or simply reach out to other plant enthusiasts, Plantly is the right place to be!

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