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.