Calathea ornata ‘Beauty star’
Admired by many for their unique, intricately patterned and colourful foliage, Calatheas make for stunning statement plants to add a tropical flair to your home.
Calathea ornata ‘Beauty Star’ is a Prayer Plant with elongated, shiny dark green leaves which are ruffled at the margins, featuring thin pink stripes that sit atop pale green stripes. The intricate layers of stripes lends it the common name Pinstripe Plant.
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'Beauty Star' Cultivar
Calathea ornata is native to Colombia and Venezueala, where it lives on the rainforest floor. Compared to other Calathea, the ornata variety is more resilient to fungal and bacterial infections, making it one of the tougher varieties of the species.
The foliage of the ‘Beauty Star’ cultivar appears almost opposite in colour tone to the straight species. It has 8-12 pink stripes radiating from the midrib, alongside stripes of pale green. These pink stripes become white as the plant matures. The underside of the leaves is a dark, almost brown, purple.
Care & Size Guidance
Calatheas can be fussy when placed in the wrong location, so choosing a good spot is essential.
A place with bright but indirect light is ideal. Avoid south facing spots with too much intense direct sunlight, unless you diffuse the light with a sheer curtain.
Like other Calatheas this plant enjoys high humidity, but overly wet soil can quickly lead to root rot.