Ornata Calathea

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  • Showy Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 24 Inches
  • Pet Safe

The Ornata Calathea is also known as the Pinstripe Plant due to its thinly striped foliage. A member of the prayer plant or Marantaceae family, it displays rather exotic-looking, dark-green, oval leaves interspersed with pink or white stripes. It can be a little tricky to care for, but once you know what it needs, this plant will brighten and add interest to any indoor space.

Best Locations For Growing Ornata Calathea

Being native to tropical climates, this non-toxic house plant grows best in warm and humid environments; a bathroom or kitchen is often perfect. 

Ornata Calathea Sunlight Requirements

The Ornata Calathea is usually grown under medium light levels, as any direct sunlight has the potential to damage its vulnerable foliage. Place it in front of a north- or east-facing window with diffused or filtered light; just make sure it is well away from any direct light from a south-facing window. 

Ornata Calathea Care

Although tolerant of most indoor temperatures, the Ornata Calathea should be kept above 60°F, as it will struggle in lower temperatures. Humidity is key for Ornata Calathea, as its foliage will begin to crisp around the edges if the atmosphere is too dry. Frequent misting or growing the plant on a tray of wet pebbles or in a humid bathroom can be beneficial. Over time, some leaves may die back and can simply be pruned away by cutting the affected stems at the base of the plant.

Watering Ornata Calathea

This houseplant needs to be grown in a free-draining soil or substrate that is kept moist, as it hates completely drying out. On the flip side, it does not tolerate soggy or waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot. As a general rule, water when the top of the soil begins to dry out and use harvested rainwater where possible.

Feeding Ornata Calathea

Ornata Calathea is a light feeder, although feeding during the growing season is advisable to help keep its foliage looking good. A balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer can be applied every 4 to 6 weeks from spring until the fall, but only if diluted to half the recommended strength, as overfeeding can damage the roots. 

Ornata Calathea Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Height: 24 inches
Mature Spread: 2 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Orange
Flower Shade/Description: Orange
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Pink
Foliage Description: Dark Olive Green Leaves and Numerous Pinstripes In Vivid Pink
Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)
Humidity: Above Average (60% - 80%)
Common Name: Ornata Calathea
Other Name(s): Pinstripe Plant
Scientific Name: Calathea ornata
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Ornata Calathea Show Reviews

  • 5
    shipping and packaging is really great!

    Posted by Allen Buchan on Jun 15, 2023

    Shipping and packaging were on point, and my plant arrived in a very good condition.