Tropical Climate, Central America, Panama, Botany, Calathea

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Tropical Climate, Central America, Panama, Botany, Calathea

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Calathea is a large genus of plants with several dozen very distinct species. Indoor plant enthusiasts enjoy growing Calathea plants for the colorful leaf markings, indicated by names such as rattlesnake plant, zebra plant or peacock plant. Will Calathea grow outdoors? It depends on your climate because Calathea is a tropical plant. If you’re fortunate to live in a warm, humid climate in USDA plant hardiness zone 8 or above, you can certainly try growing calathea plants in your garden. Read on for more info on growing Calathea plants in gardens. Calathea Plant Info Calathea are tender perennials that grow in clumps from tuberous, underground roots. The blooms, which appear occasionally on most types of plants, are insignificant compared to the big, bold leaves. However, some types of Calathea boast very noticeable yellow or orange blooms that grow on spikes above

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