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Calathea
Calathea rufibarba

Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Calathea (ka-LAY-thee-uh) (Info)
Species: rufibarba

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California

Keystone Heights, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida (2 reports)

New Port Richey, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 18, 2014, weRgroot from New Port Richey, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I like the plant even though it's been a struggle. Several times I've thought it was a goner, but I finally found a spot it likes on my patio (shade area) and it's begun to thrive. I've had it for about 4 years, so it took awhile to make it happy.

Neutral

On Apr 25, 2009, Nan from SW, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Grown exclusively indoors in my area ()
VERY susceptible to spider mites, moreso than any other Calathea I've ever owned.