Did you know?: While most members of the Marantaceae family are exclusively sought after for their foliage, the Eternal Flame plant is one of the few, if not only, Calatheas known for its flowers!
Other Common Names: Eternal Flame
Binomial Name: Calathea crocata
The Calathea Eternal Flame Story
The Calathea Eternal Flame is a member of the Prayer Plant family (scientific name: Calathea crocata). The Eternal Flame plant receives its name for its vibrant flame coloured flowers. These orange and yellow flowers will last for 2 -3 months at a time.
The ‘Calathea Crocata’ originated in the tropical rainforests of Brazil, and with the assistance of human intervention, this plant can now be found growing along the rainforest floor in Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Ecuador.
Belonging to the Marantaceae family, this family of plants is fondly referred to as the prayer plant family. These plants are unique in the sense that we can noticeably see them react to the circadian rhythms of the sun. At night, or when they are without light, the leaves will fold down flat as if they are recharging for the night. In the morning, the well-rested and revitalized leaves lift back up to greet the sun!
The Calathea family are excellent air purifiers. Place them in your bedroom and let their strong air-purifying abilities help revitalize your sleep.
BBX Top Tip: Water your Calathea with distilled, filtered, or rainwater. This will prevent mineral deposits from accumulating in the leaves. Calatheas are very sensitive to these deposits and will form browning along the leaf edges as a result.
Calathea 'Eternal Flame' - Common Problems
Problem #1: Why are the leaves on my Calathea turning brown?
Are you watering with tap water? Tap water often contains salts, chlorine, minerals, and fluoride – all of which can build up in the soil causing the tips of the leaves to turn brown and curl inwards.
Problem #2: Why is my Calathea dying?
Calatheas typically fail to thrive indoors because they are not being watered correctly. The soil should remain evenly moist. Calatheas do not handle droughts well. Their leaves will become extremely dry and even die back if they are not receiving adequate water.
Problem #3: How often should you water a Calathea plant?
Calatheas enjoy weekly waterings, allowing the top 2' of soil to dry out partially. In winter, we recommend watering less frequently to prevent overwatering and root rot.
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.
Common Pests: Spider mites, mealybugs, and fungus gnats