Beautiful Calathea Varieties for your Indoor Garden

When it comes to some of the best plants for foliage lovers, prayer plants are some of the most popular types of greenery for adding some stunning leaves into your indoor space. From striped leaves to velvet-feel plants, here are several beautiful Calathea varieties you’ll just love!

Calathea Ornata (Pinstripe Calathea) Care Guide & Tips including how to propagate the Calathea Ornata

Calathea Orbifolia

One of the increasingly popular types of Calathea (often with a price tag to match), the Calathea Orbifolia is unlike many other prayer plants in that it doesn’t have a maroon undersides to the leaves. Instead, the plant is characterised by its glossy green leaves which are striped like candy.

Calathea Orbifolia Care Guide: Propagation & Watering Tips

Calathea Ornata

As one of the hardier versions of Calathea, which in turn makes it one of the easiest prayer plant varieties to care for, the Calathea Ornata is recognised by its dark glossy green leaves which have pink stripes that look as though they’ve been painted on by an artist. Thanks to this unique appearance, the Calathea Ornata is also sometimes referred to as the pinstripe leaf Calathea.

Calathea Ornata (Pinstripe Calathea) Care Guide & Tips including how to propagate the Calathea Ornata

Calathea Roseopicta

There are several different versions of the Calathea Roseopicta (the medallion type as shown below being one of the more popular Calatheas to be grown as a houseplant). Easier to look after and less prone to browning leaf tips than prayer plants like the Calathea Orbifolia, the Roseopicta has maroon undersides to the leaves and is known for its rich patternation on the leaf tops.

‘medallion’, ‘eclipse’ and ‘dottie’

Calathea Warscewiczii

The velvety green leaves of the Calathea Warscewiczii, sometimes referred to as Calathea Jungle Velvet, are characterised by their darker green banding throughout the leaves and deep maroon undersides, though are more velvet feel to the touch. Please note that the two toned plant is now classed as Goeppertia warszewiczii for taxinomic reasons, though it is still often sold as a Calathea plant, hence its name on the list.

Goeppertia (Calathea) Warszewiczii Care Guide/ watering and propagating calathea

Calathea Rufibarba

With its long green leaves and maroon undersides, the Calathea Rufibarba has one of the most unusual leaf shapes of all Calathea plants. Not to be confused with the rather similar looking Calathea lancifolia, the Calathea Rufibarba is also often referred to as the ‘velvet calathea’ or ‘furry feather Calathea’ on account of its fluffy feather-shaped leaves.

Calathea Rufibarba Care Guide (Water & Propagation Tips)

Calathea Lancifolia, ‘Rattlesnake Plant’

One of the more unique looking of the Calathea plants is characterised by its long leaves marked by spots, which lends itself to the name ‘rattlesnake plant’. Fairly easy to care for when it comes to types of Calathea, it’s worth noting that this particular type of Calathea is prone to the tips of the leaves browning. Much like many other Calathea plants, the underside of the leaves are maroon, whereas the tops of the leaves are dark green.

Calathea Makoyana

Looking pretty similar to the Calathea Flamestar in its appearance, the Calathea Makoyana is commonly nicknamed ‘peacock plant’ or ‘cathedral windows’ as a result of its cream green foliage which is peppered with elongated green ovals and dark green lines.

The foliage is pretty thin, and unlike lots of other Calathea varieties, the undersides of the leaves are not a block of maroon, but rather mirror the pattern on the top of the leaf on its undersides. A fully grown plant can reach around 12 inches in height.

Calathea leopardina

Of all the Calathea types, one of the easiest to look after is that of Calathea Freddie. Characterised by its fully bright green leaves (unlike many other prayer plant varieties), this plant has no deep maroon undersides to its leaves, the long leaves have dark green markings (not dissimilar to a leopard). This one of the few Calathea varieties that easily flowers indoors, and the white flowers bloom in clusters.

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  • Keeti
    November 11, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Hi there, l am looking for s plant which has similar in look to a Calathea. I had been given the plant from a friend who has since passed and didnt know what it was called. Ive been searching it for a number of years. It had long slender erect stems and the leaf was a slender paddle shape. It was so beautiful, it used to have this habit of now and again of maybe the stem would move or turn snd the leaf would shiver? It used to freak my husband out ss there were no insects that we saw to trigger that movement. I loved this plant and would like to find it again if possible. When we moved into a motorhome l gave it to a friend to look after but it perished. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Sophie
      November 12, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      Hello! Thanks for your message. It sounds like you may well be describing the maranta leuconeura as this is very similar to the Calathea and is even also called a ‘prayer plant’. I find marantas to move much more than Calatheas and it always makes me jump. Please let me know if this helps!


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