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PlantFiles: Rose Painted Calathea
Calathea roseopicta

Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Calathea (ka-LAY-thee-uh) (Info)
Species: roseopicta (ro-see-oh-PIK-tuh) (Info)

13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative avic On Oct 10, 2013, avic from Pontarlier
France wrote:

My poor calathea has had the bad luck of being infested by mealybugs. I have treated it, but I'm not sure it will make it. It also may have had too much light. And the water here is very hard, so I recently began to collect rainwater.

Positive purplefingers On Mar 12, 2012, purplefingers from royal tunbridge wells
United Kingdom wrote:

hello fellow gardeners
i chose a purple plant to match my purple fingers and i must say that it certainly is a lively one. it spreads itself about in the day and becomes erect in the evening showing off its purpleness to all and sundry,
It really is a bit of a bounder in the corner of my teepee in its purple pot and needs constant attention and watering.
overall i would recommend this plant to all my new friends in daves garden, so go forth fill your pots with this gorgeous calathea i like to call Rose
ta ta

Positive Blubaby On May 27, 2006, Blubaby from Arlington, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a gorgeous plant, very exotic-looking. It's very "alive" and once you find the right spot for it you'll see it develop a day/night rhythm. It's definitey a sucker-- I have to water it constantly. (In fact, I've already brought it back from the dead twice, so at least I can vouch for its hardiness!) From what I understand, brown/dried-out edges and leaf points come from watering it with hard water; this plant hates calcium. If you live in an area with very hard water, you need to use bottled water. If you've soft water and it's still not doing the trick, then you need to leave the water sitting out overnight. I've honestly done fine with water out of the tap where I am. Any leaves that have gone brown or crispy get snipped near the base and new ones will grow, but not so much in the summer. The plant can live forever if you remember to keep the soil moist. However, you need a pot that drains well, otherwise the root ball will rot.

Neutral happyme On Mar 21, 2005, happyme from Baltimore, MD (Zone 8b) wrote:

It seems that everytime a new leaf grows, one or two die. Also, the tips of leaves are dried and brown. Can someone help?

Positive Monocromatico On Aug 17, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I have mine here in Rio de Janeiro growing confortably in a darker and humid corner of my... letīs call it a "yard". I bought it 6 years ago, and have no need to fertilize or repot it so far. It blooms every year, with small blue-purple flowers hidden under flat, green bracts.


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

Glendale, Arizona
Delray Beach, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Miami, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Smyrna, Georgia
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Collinwood, Tennessee
Crossville, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Kilgore, Texas
La Vernia, Texas
Arlington, Virginia

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