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4" Calathea Ornata


We have had Calathea Ornata around for ages. It was discovered by a Dutch botanist in 1688 and named in 1780 by a British botanist and cultivated in our homes ever since. It's not hard to see why this pretty plant is so popular. Growing up to a shapely 24" or so in its lifetime indoors, Ornata's ornate, glossy pine green leaves are pinstriped in pairs of pale pink lines that fade to white as the leaves age. Sharing the trait of folding its leaves at night with all its Maranta relatives displays the satiny purple underleaves. An epiphytic growth habit in the leafy shade and softy raining jungle it comes from makes it love misting and filtered water to drink.