A tropical plant by nature, the Ornata sports lustrous bands of color that earn it the nickname “pinstripe plant.” There are over 300 different types of Calathea plants, with multiple hybrids and commonly cultivated species around the world. These plants traditionally have gorgeous leaves with colorful patterns on the side along with red or purple underside, although this can vary depending on the specific variety and growing location. Often, the calathea ornata plants that are cultivated for indoor use and have dark green, sometimes almost black, leaves with violet bottoms.
Native to Africa, the West Indies, Thailand, Central America, and South America, this plant is valued for its nyctinasty. They move their leaves from day to night as a part of their circadian rhythm. On average, these plants grow to about two feet in height and two feet in width, making them ideal for cultivating in a special pot inside your home.
Thrives in medium to bright indirect light. Can tolerate low light conditions. Not suited for direct sun.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out half way down between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. This plant can benefit from extra humidity. Calatheas can be sensitive to hard tap water. Try using filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using.
Sick Plant Signs
Wilting, curling leaves, dry potting mix: Underwatered
Yellowing leaves, black base: Overwatered
Leaf spots: Fungal inflection or mineral build up from tap water, use distilled water and water directly into surrounding potting soil