10 Favorite Calathea Houseplants

Calathea Orbifolia

Calathea orbifolia grows to 3 feet (1 m) tall. The leaves are large and round, striped with pale-silver markings.

Calathea Vittata

Calathea vittata is considered one of the rarer types of Calathea plants.

Calathea Freddie

The plant rarely blooms indoors but the blooms are white with a sweet fragrance.

Calathea Warscewiczii 

The plant features velvety foliage with two-toned, green tops and burgundy undersides.

Calathea Makoyana

These Calathea varieties prefer bright, indirect light from a North or East-facing window.

Calathea Lancifolia

The leaves of Calathea lancifolia are variegated green with wavy edges with an underside of purplish-red.

Calathea Roseopicta

The colorful stripes on the leaves turn white when mature.

Calathea Zebrina

Avoid direct sunlight as it will burn the leaves and fade coloring.

Calathea Musaica

Also known as the “network” Calathea, Calathea musiaca features two-toned leaves in an intricate, mosaic pattern.

Calathea Rufibarba

Most varieties of Calathea rufibarba have two-toned, green leaves. The undersides are deep purple with a fuzzy texture.

Why is Calathea Called a Prayer Plant?