Monday, April 30, 2012

Calathea Crocata

Out of the 150 varieties of calathea, calathea crocata, also referred to as "eternal flame," stands out for its fire-orange blooms. Most of the other varieties are prized for their stunning foliage only, whereas this plant seems to have it all (and then some): ribbed or puckered leaves, dark green with maroonish undersides, and those little profusions of golden petals.

It belongs to the Maranta family and its native habitat are the tropical jungles of Brazil, although it can be found growing throughout tropical America. Although it can be kept as a houseplant, it requires a higher level of maintenance than many other indoor species and really can't be grown out-of-doors due to its specific climate needs, including high humidity and consistent temperature.

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