Calathea triostar

Calathea Stromanthe Triostar; Stromanthe Sanguinea Triostar; Prayer plant

Why we love Tristan

He packs a lot of personality for such a compact plant. He’s a riot of colour and a really easy option for new plant parents.

Most light conditions
Easy care
The patch promise

Very colourful plants can often be a bit fussy, but not Tristan. He’ll cope if you’re a bit late watering him.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Calathea triostar


Calathea Stromanthe Triostar; Stromanthe Sanguinea Triostar; Prayer plant

Air purifying


Plant height


Pet/Baby safe


Nursery pot size


About Calathea triostar

The rainforests of South America are calathea triostar’s home. It lives in the dappled light under larger trees, bringing a pop of colour to the forest floor. Like a lot of calathea, it folds up its leaves at night, then unfurls them in the morning, ready to absorb any light that shines through the canopy.

If you think about where it’s from, it’s easy to remember how to keep this plant happy. It likes light that mimics the mottled light in a forest (i.e. not a lot of direct sun, but not total shade). It also loves rainforest-like moisture. So give it a regular misting or pop it in a bright bathroom. In spring and summer, give it a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month to help it grow. Meet those mild demands and it’s a really striking houseplant.

Did you know?

In its native countries, calathea leaves are used to make everything from rice containers to quivers for arrows.