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Calathea Picturata 'Argentea'

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What To Expect

You will receive a healthy plant that meets our strict quality standards in a nursery pot size of your choosing. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos. We offer a plant health guarantee on all of our plants! Please see our Shipping Policy and Refund Policy for more information. We also include shipping heat packs at no charge as needed during cold weather. Still have questions? Check out our FAQ or Contact Us!


The Calathea Picturata 'Argentea' features silvery-green, ovate leaves that have dark green bands around their edges and wine red undersides. These plants prefer bright, indirect light and need high humidity for leaves to maintain their health. Under the synonym Goeppertia Picturata, this cultivar has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit and makes a wonderful addition to any calathea collection 

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Calathea Picturata, Goeppertia Picturata
  • Pronunciation: ka-LAH-thee-uh
  • Common Name: Argentea, Silver Variegated Calathea
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Native Range: Northwest Brazil

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Medium Light, 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