Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’
The nature of its unique foliage, having gorgeous yet elegant, green, pink and white elongated oblong leaves, make Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ perfect as a statement house plant that provides an abundance of interest without taking over the space it’s in.
Renowned for its stunning colouration, the name ‘Triostar’ refers to its three coloured foliage whilst the Latin ‘sanguinea’ refers to the sanguine, blood-red undersides of the leaves and vibrant flowers it produces.
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Despite the common name ‘Calathea Triostar’, Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ is not actually a Calathea. However, it is a relative, as like Calatheas it belongs to the Marantaceae family and shares many traits with Calatheas, including characteristically folding up its leaves at night.
Native to the Brazilian rainforest, in the wild this plant is pollinated not only by bees, but also hummingbirds.
Care & Size Guidance
Consistent watering is key with S. sanguinea. Keep soil slightly moist, making sure to not let it dry out too much or become too soggy, as they are susceptible to root rot. Unlike many actual Prayer Plants, S. sanguinea’s leaves do not clearly lower when they need watering.
Repotting should be done every other year in spring. Soak the root ball well before removing the plant from the pot to prevent the delicate roots from drying up during the process.
Though they can flower, they don’t often flower indoors in the UK climate.