Pin Stripe Calathea, Pin Stripe Prayer Plant
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 is a Prayer Plant with glossy, deeply dark green leaves which are ruffled at the margins, featuring thin pink stripes which at close inspection create a striking, almost otherworldly, contrast to its appearance. These stripes lend it the common name Pinstripe Plant.
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Calathea ornata is native to Colombia and Venezueala, where it lives on the rainforest floor.
Compared to other Calathea, the ornata species is more resilient to fungal and bacterial infections, making it one of the tougher varieties of the species.
Why Prayer Plants 'Pray'
As a member of the Prayer Plant family, the leaves of this Calathea will characteristically ‘pray’, folding up at night before re-opening again as the morning sun rises.
At the base of each leaf is a joint-like thickening called the pulvinus, which swells and shrinks in response to pressure developed in the leaves. This is what enables the ‘praying’ to take place.
This movement of the leaves is a process known as nyctinasty, which serves a number of purposes. It allows the plant to absorb as much light as possible in its low light rainforest environment, helps to absorb and retain water, and reduces the risk of fungi and bacteria forming on their leaves.
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.
Wipe the leaves regularly to prevent a build up of dust.