Calathea Triostar VS Stromanthe - Differences And Similarities

Written by Ivy

Dec 31 2021

Calathea Triostar VS Stromanthe - Differences And Similarities
Both Calathea and Stromanthe come from the marantaceae family. Stromanthe is a very common open field cultivated Calathea in the south. However, if you carefully search the scientific name of stromanthe, you will find two completely different scientific names: stromanthe sanguinea and Ctenanthe oppenheimiana. The results of searching the pictures are the above varieties. According to the query of specimens and literature, stromanthe taro should be a variety of stromanthe sanguinea, that is, stromanthe sanguinea 'triostar' (synonym: stromanthe sanguinea 'tricolor', misused: ctenantha oppenheimiana 'tricolor'). Some studies believe that stromanthe sanguinea son. (1849) is stromanthe Thalia (vell.) J. M. A. Braga (1995) (basionym: Heliconia Thalia vell. 1829).
Calathea Triostar
Calathea Triostar

How To Identify A Calathea Triostar?

Calathea triostar is a perennial herb native to Brazil. The leaves are thick and leathery, the leaf surface is dark green and shiny, the midvein is light, the back of the leaf is blood red, the spike, bracts and calyx are bright red, and the petals are white. Because of its beautiful plant type and leaf color, Calathea triostar is one of the world's famous indoor foliage plants. Calathea triostar can be used to decorate public places such as hotels, shopping malls and large venues, as well as to decorate living rooms and bedrooms.
Calathea Triostar
Calathea Triostar

How To Identify A Stromanthe?

What impresses people is the beautiful leaves of Calathea Stromanthe, with pink and emerald green stripes on the leaf surface. Calathea stromanthe is more suitable to be raised in a warm and humid environment all year round, and has good performance by the indoor windowsill or under the light.
Calathea stromanthe is a perennial tropical foliage plant. It likes soft scattered light. The cultivated soil should be loose and breathable and have good drainage. It can grow in slightly acidic, neutral or weak alkaline soil. Calathea stromanthe rarely blooms. If it is maintained indoors, it can only develop foliage green plants.
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Differences Between Calathea Triostar And Stromanthe

Ctenanthe oppenheimiana is the Latin name of Stromanthe. The native species of stromanthe is stromanthe sanguinea, with no markings on the leaves, rather than Calathea triostar. Stromanthe is also a member of the ornamental Bamboo taro family. The leaves of stromanthe expand during the day and fold at night, which is the same as the growth habits of many ornamental bamboo taros. Stromanthe can grow well in the shade or on a semi shade balcony. If there is appropriate light, especially when planted in the outdoor shade, Red spikes of flowers can bloom every spring.
Calathea triostar has a plant height of 30 ~ 60cm, rhizomes and clusters under the ground. Calathea triostar has leaves, long elliptic lanceolate leaves, full margin, dark green leaf surface, light green, white to light pink pinnate spots, dark red petiole and back.

Similarities Of Calathea Triostar And Stromanthe

Calathea Triostar
Calathea Triostar
  • Humidity
As a relatively large leaf of arrowroot, Calathea Triostar and Stromanthe all love wet environment. So when you spend time watering, you don't have to spend too much time at each interval, and make sure that the pot soil is not too dry. Especially when it is hot in summer, spray water should always be used to increase the humidity of the environment.
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  • Temperature
Calathea triostar and stromanthe don't have high requirements for the environment, so we generally have no problem maintaining at home. Unless the temperature at home is too high or too low, it is very unfavorable to the growth of Calathea triostar and stromanthe. For example, it is very cold in winter in the north, but there is no heating in the room, or it is very hot in summer in the south, but there is no air conditioning in the room, which will stop its growth and even endanger its life.
Stromanthe Triostar
  • Lighting
For Calathea triostar and stromanthe, in addition to giving sufficient light during seedling, it is beneficial to the growth of Calathea triostar and stromanthe. Most of the time, they do not need much sunshine, so they can basically keep Calathea triostar and stromanthe indoors, as long as they are occasionally placed in a place with sunshine.
  • Fertilizer
For Calathea triostar and stromanthe, which we maintain at home, we rarely buy fertilizer to fertilize it. This is a good thing for Calathea triostar and stromanthe. Because it is a burden to apply too rich fertilizer to them. Of course, if it is in its young grass stage or when it has just moved the pot, its roots may not grow well, so we can supplement them with fertilizer appropriately.