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12 Calathea Varieties You’ll Fall in Love With

Did you just get a Calathea plant, fell in love with it, and want more? Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve compiled a list of the most amazing types of Calathea. These plants’ colorful foliage makes you want more! 

In this list we added the most popular and intriguing Calathea varieties, so we’re sure you’ll find the right one for your aesthetics. And if you don’t, reach out to us and we’ll look for the right one – just let us know what you’re looking for! 

1. Calathea Ornata

Also called Calathea Pinstripe or Pinstripe plant, Calathea Ornata comes with glossy-green leaves adorned with pink or white stripes. If the pink stripes are getting white, don’t fret about it, as Calathea Ornata’s appearances will change with age. 

Another reason the stripes might get white or fade is the level of light your Pinstripe plant receives, so make sure to place it in a spot with bright, indirect light. Also, with proper care, this Calathea variety can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) in height and width. 

2. Calathea Roseopicta ‘Dottie’

Calathea ‘Dottie’ is an absolute beauty. This is the perfect Calathea variety for the gardener that loves a cool color contrast. Its deep-purple, almost black leaves striped with pink are simply eye-catching. 

If dark foliage is not exactly your cup of tea, you can always pick a Calathea Roseopicta ‘Angela’, ‘Green’, or ‘Cynthya’. They all follow the same pattern but offer different colors. 

This Calathea type can also grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) when it comes to size. 

3. Calathea Zebrina

Calathea Zebrina, also known as Zebra Plant, stands out from the crowd with its large, bright-green leaves. And that’s not all, since it can grow up to 3 feet (1m) in height and easily become the centerpiece of your indoor garden. 

Let’s be honest, you have to ask all your friends to take a look at this Calathea variety. And if they don’t acknowledge that Calathea Zebrina is absolutely stunning… Well, maybe you need new friends. 

4. Calathea Crocata

Calatheas are usually grown for their foliage, not for their flowers. However, that’s not the case with Calathea Crocata. While some say that Crocata’s foliage is not on par with the rest of Calathea varieties, we think that it’s the perfect match for its beautiful orange-yellow flowers. 

Calathea Crocata’s flowers can last for two to three months if proper conditions are met – probably that’s the reason it’s also known as Eternal Flame.  

5. Calathea Orbifolia

Calathea Orbifolia has a designer-like appeal. Its oversized, round leaves, striped with silvery lines are simply stunning. If you just got into interior design, this is one of those houseplants you always have to keep in mind. 

6. Calathea Lancifolia

Exactly as the name suggests, this Calathea variety has long, lance-like leaves. It’s also named Rattlesnake Calathea because its light-green leaves spotted with dark-green markings resemble a reptile. 

If proper growing conditions are met, Calathea Lancifolia can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. 

7. Calathea Veitchiana

You definitely know this one, as it goes by Calathea Medallion and is also one of the most popular types of Calathea. Its leaves color pattern is quite interesting, as it looks like a leaf in a leaf (Inception, but with leaves). 

Like most Calathea varieties from this list, Calathea Veitchiana can grow up to 2 feet (60cm). 

8. Calathea ‘White Fusion’

It’s impossible to create a list of the most stunning Calathea varieties without a variegated one. As most variegated houseplants out there, Calathea White Fusion is hard to get by. But if you see this beauty in a nursery and really want it, you better get it! 

With proper care, it can also grow up to 2 feet (60 cm). Since this might be one of those epic buys you get once in a few months, it’s better to carefully read its growing requirements, as Calatheas are not really the best houseplants for beginner gardeners. 

9. Calathea Majestica ‘White Star’

Calathea White Star’s foliage is truly majestic. This one is a cultivar of Calathea Ornata and its bright-white stripes cover the entire leaf. Just like the Ornata variety, some leaves might have pink strips – it all depends on the plant’s maturity and the provided growing conditions. 

Compared to most of the Calathea varieties from this list, White Star is on the larger side, as it can grow up to 4-5 feet (1.5 m) tall. So, if you’re looking for a tall and designer-like houseplant, Calathea Majestica ‘White Star’ might be the right choice. 

10. Calathea Musaica

Calathea Musaica stands out from the rest of the varieties mentioned in this list, as it has a completely different leaf pattern and is also easier to care for. Just like the name suggests, Musica has an intricate, mosaic-like pattern and is also known as Calathea ‘Network’ – and for good reason. Just take a look at its leaves’ pattern and you’ll instantly get mesmerized. 

This variety can reach up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide. 

11. Calathea Picturata ‘Crimson’ 

If you’re a sucker for houseplants with pink leaves, Calathea Crimson is here to make you want to buy it. This variety has dark-pink leaves with a dark-green, almost black border. 

However, if you’re not into pink leaves that much, you’ll be happy to know that there’s another type of Calathea Picturata out there, named ‘Argentea’ that has silver leaves with a darker border. Pink or silver, both types are equally stunning and can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm). 

12. Calathea Warscewiczii

Calathea Warscewiczii is also known as Jungle Velvet due to its velvety foliage. Its leaves have a fishtail-like light-green pattern in the center. The rest of the leaf is dark-green and, just like most of the Calathea varieties mentioned on this list, the underneath is purple. 

This variety is also a large houseplant, as it can reach up to 3-4 feet (90-120 cm) high and wide if proper growing conditions are met. 

Conclusion

This was our list of the most impressive Calathea varieties out there. Since they come in so many colors and shapes, we believe there’s a Calathea for everyone. However, while Calatheas are Instagram-worthy houseplants, they are not exactly easy to care for. 

So, before deciding to fill your house with these houseplants, make sure to carefully read about the growing condition for each of them, as they can be extremely needy. And don’t forget to check out our list of Stromanthe varieties, also members of the Marantaceae family, but not as fussy as Calatheas.

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