The Calathea varieties along with Maranta and Stromanthe are part of the family Marantaceae. This group of tropical foliage plants features richly colored and patterned leaves, and many species stay small in pots for years.
The leaf tufts with markings a peacock could crow about, silky-velvet or iridescent sheens that outshine the gowns at a coronation ball. They are reluctant to flower but nobody cares.
Recognized Species and Hybrids
Below is a list of 57 “accepted” Calathea species and hybrids recognized by The World Checklist of Selected Plant Families at Kew. Kew list over 460 total accepted and non-accepted names of Calathea.
The leaves of Calathea Zebrina are deep velvet-green with broad parallel bars or stripes in a zebra-like pattern. The stripes extend alongside the veins and from the midvein to the leaf margins. Click on this article for details about Calathea zebrina growing and care.
Several houseplants have become favorites among indoor plant enthusiasts, and Calatheas (prayer plant) have earned their spot in that list. From Calathea Freddie to the beautiful Calathea orbifolia, there are
Calathea warscewiczii (ka-LAY-thee-uh vark-zeh-wik-ZEE-eye) has been through quite the identity crisis compared to other popular houseplants. Going by the common name Calathea jungle velvet (or just jungle velvet), the plant
Calathea orbifolia (ka-LAY-thee-uh or-bee-FOH-lee-uh) is also known as Prayer Plant and is one of the prettiest of the Calathea plant family. Calatheas are members of the Marantaceae or arrowroot family
Calathea Medallion is an indoor foliage plant originating from the New World tropics. Medallion belongs to the Marantaceae family, also called the prayer plant family. Calathea Medallion is a perennial,
Featuring striking, striped foliage, Ctenanthe Burle-Marxii [ten-AN-thee] is an interesting houseplant and perfect for rooms without direct sun. As an evergreen plant, the leaves remain on display throughout the year.
The Rattlesnake Plant Calathea Lancifolia [ka-LAY-thee-uh] [lan-sih-FOH-lee-uh] is also known as Calathea insignis. This beautiful plant has a striking appearance. The rattlesnake stands out when placed among a variety of
Known as the peacock plant – Calathea makoyana [kal-luhth-EE-uh, mack-oy-AY-nuh] are attractive, colorful foliage plants hailing from Africa, Central America, South America, and the West Indies. There are more than
Calathea Roseopicta [ka-LAY-thee-uh, ro-see-oh-PIK-tuh] is a stunning evergreen perennial plant from the Calathea plant family Marantaceae. The Marantaceae family is generally referred to by the common name the prayer plant