Pronounced kal-A-thee-a. It is also known as Stromanthe or Ctenanthe amabilis.
Calathea amabilis is much admired for its beautiful oval, strikingly patterned leaves.
It grows best in a warm, bright and draught-free location but not in direct sunlight. Water it moderately and feed it with half strength solution regularly in the summer. Keep the humidity high by mist spraying frequently. With proper care it will live for many years.
Did you know?
In South Africa they use Calathea for food, medicine, roofing and basket weaving!