Spanish conquistadors brought Goeppertia ornata majestica to Europe from their crusades. Calathea gained popularity due to its incredibly beautifully-patterned oval leaves, reminiscent of the plumage of outlandish birds in color, as they are yellowish-green above with silvery and pink lines, with the purple underside of the leaf. However, only experienced plant growers can care for Calathea because it is incredibly capricious and requires a lot of attention.
Pin Stripe Calathea (G. ornata majestica, also Calathea ornata) originates in South America, in the rainforests of Colombia. Calathea plant represents the most numerous genus of the Marantaceae family. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “basket,” and baskets were indeed woven from the leaves of Calathea. Today, Calathea’s variegated foliage fascinates both amateurs and professionals.