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Calathea Ornata 'Pinstripe'


The Calathea Ornata or 'Pinstripe Calathea' is recognizable for its distinctive dark green leaves lined with electric pink stripes that look like precise brush strokes. Each leaf has reddish purple undersides and since this is in the same family as Prayer Plants, those leaves move with the sun, eventually folding up and inward at night. They prefer bright, indirect light and need high humidity to keep the leaves healthy. Calatheas can be notoriously tricky to get the hang of, but once you figure them out they’re unique plants that have the added benefit of being pet safe!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Calathea Ornata
  • Pronunciation: ka-LAH-thee-uh
  • Common Name: Striped, Pin-stripe, or Pinstripe Calathea
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Native Range: South America (Colombia, Venezuela)

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Medium Light, Low/Shade, Bright/Indirect
  • Water Frequency: High/Moist. Thrives in evenly moist, well-drained soil. Allow the surface of the soil to slightly dry out between watering. These plants can be sensitive to hard water or water that has too many additives. We recommend using filtered tap water or rain water
  • Humidity Preference: High
  • Temperature: Prefers warmth; 60-85F
  • Soil Type: Regular potting mix, Peaty mix, Airy and slightly acidic
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves
  • Feeding: Fertilize every couple of weeks with a diluted balanced fertilizer during spring and summer
  • Propagation: Root division 
  • Growth Habit: Upright, Bushy. Can grow up to 2' tall and generally prefers to be repotted every two years
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets. However, with all plants we recommend you exercise caution with children and pets