Calathea crocata is part of the Marantaeae family and is native to Brazil, however due to environmental damage they are hard to find. The leaves have burgundy undersides and wavy margins. The plant produces beautiful orange blooms - hence the name 'Eternal flame'.
Height: Approximately 40cm from base of pot
Secrets to success
Temperature: Calathea crocata requires temperatures 18-23°C. Keep this plant out of draughts and cold air.
Light: These plants do best in an indirectly lit spot, they can handle some shade. Direct light would bleach the leaves.
Watering: Keep soil moist during growing season and allow the soil to dry a little in winter.
Air Humidity: Calathea love high humidity, dry conditions would lead to brown edges on leaves. Achieve higher humidity by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Fertilising: Feed every few waterings during growing season, dilute fertiliser to half the recommended dosage.
Re-Potting: Re-pot yearly to encourage growth.
This plant is non-toxic.