Calathea
Calathea ornata

Family: Marantaceae
Genus: Calathea (ka-LAY-thee-uh) (Info)
Species: ornata (or-NAH-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

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

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Burgundy

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

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San Diego, California

Bartow, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Miami, Florida

Webster, Florida

Gonzales, Louisiana

Falls Church, Virginia

Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 22, 2005, coltrane17 from Gainesville, FL wrote:

I have grown ornata for about five years. Since I live in N FL I grow outside in warm weather and in a heated greenhouse in winter, so no indoor experience. I find that all my Calatheas like regular heavy wetting of the leaves except during dark, cool periods. I fertilize regularly but at half strength (run off from my orchids). I have also found that Calatheas and related genera like to be repotted regularly even if not potted up. Also, don't despair if one of your plants goes into a funk, even for a couple of years. For some reason my ornata went into a deep decline for about 2 yrs, but I persisted, potting into a smaller container w/ a very good peaty, well-draining soil (I use a lot of large-size perlite and charcoal. Eventually it came out of it and is full and beautiful now. The onl... read more

Positive

On Oct 26, 2003, landarow from Pittsburg, CA wrote:

The color variation of this plant is very eye catching. The leaves are purple on the back side and stripped on the front... Very Beautiful Houseplant.