Often referred to as a type of Calathea or Prayer Plant, Stromanthe thalia 'Triostar' is a plant from the same family which shares many of the same needs and traits. The white and pink variegation on this Never Never Plant is particularly dramatic, with the vibrant fuchsia undersides of the leaves giving the plant a stunning appearance no matter it's placement in your home.
Long narrow, glossy leaves are patterned with bands of white and pink variegation, with occasional leaves appearing almost entirely variegated. The undersides of the leaves are a glorious ruby red, which the plant shows off at night as it folds its leaves vertically in a diurnal rhythm as if in prayer - though this behaviour isn't as extreme in Stromanthe thalia as it is in some other members of the Prayer Plant family (Marantaceae).
The accepted botanical name is Stromanthe thalia 'Triostar', but is also often referred to as Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar', Stromanthe 'Tricolour' and Calathea 'Triostar'. It's commonly known as Triostar Prayer Plant, Bloody Stromanthe and Triostar Calathea.
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The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Stromanthe thalia 'Triostar' (aka Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar', Stromanthe 'Tricolour', Calathea 'Triostar'), and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Feed monthly throughout the growing season. Repot when stems are crowded or begin to reach outer 2cm of the pot.
Keep out of prolonged exposure to intense sun which is a bit too harsh for the delicate leaves. Some shade is ok, but it's better to keep in a room which is bright but out of the path of any direct sun.
Water well and allow the compost to dry slightly. Never allow the soil to completely dry. Prayer Plants appreciate a little oxygen around their roots between waterings, but as a jungle floor plant they are accustomed to always having some moisture around their roots.
Use filtered water to keep this plant looking its absolute best. The salts in tap water can build up in the compost so if watering with tap water, give the compost a really good flush through once a year in spring to remove any built-up salts.
Keep humidity as high as you can to keep the variegation looking it's best. A pebble tray or small humidifier are popular options.
Night-time temperatures in the winter can drop to 12ºC without any damage as long as daytime temperatures rise above 15ºC. It should be above 15ºC at all times during the growing season or the plant may struggle to grow.
Fairly easy to care for, but a bit more challenging to keep looking its absolute best! It's leaves are delicate and will quickly get crispy edges if it's in a dry room. The main challenges with this plant are finding the right spot and giving it the humidity and consistent care it needs to stay happy.
All Prayer Plants are non-toxic to pets and people.