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White Calathea warscewiczii has turned pink days later

Explore Nov 2, 2010 #95

 

Besides attractive leaves, Calathea warscewiczii also produces showy cone-like inflorescences. The bracts that cover the cone are creamy white in color when they first emerge and gradually turn to yellow and take on a pinkish hue with time. They are arranged spirally around the cone and the rims of these bracts fold over the edge, which make the entire cone looks somewhat like a rose flower when viewed from the top!

 

Calathea warscewiczii is one fussy prayer plant to grow. It needs bright, filtered sunshine. Direct sun can burn the leaves of this plant. It needs to be grown in an area with high humidity and protection from winds, like the Rare Plant House at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

 

It is also picky over the medium that is it being grown in. It is best to grow Calathea warscewiczii inside a well-drained mix rich in organic matter. The fibrous roots need to be in contact with moist soil at all times. Mulch generously to help keep the roots moist and cool. Waterlogged conditions should also be avoided as roots can rot away.

 

Calathea warscewiczii

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

www.susanfordcollins.com

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Taken on October 30, 2010