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PlantFiles: Calathea
Calathea rufibarba

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

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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:

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

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive weRgroot 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 Nan 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.


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

Brea, California
Keystone Heights, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida (2 reports)
New Port Richey, Florida

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