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Calathea elliptica 'Vittata'

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About This Product

Species Name: Calathea elliptica ‘Vittata’ 

Common name(s): Prayer Plant 

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Beautiful plant with large, elongated leaves
  • Leaves are green with white striping that creates a striking contrast
  • Does well in a container garden, terrarium, or as a houseplant

Recommended Pot Size: Small - Medium

Josh’s Frogs offers a wide variety of glass terrariums, container garden soils, drainage layers, and other supplies for all of your indoor gardening needs.


Temperature requirement:  60-85°F

Humidity: Dry (0-30%)   Moderate (30-70%)   Humid (70-100%)

Watering frequency: Regular watering. Water once the top inch of soil becomes dry. Approx. every 1-2 weeks. 

Lighting Full Shade     Partial Shade      Full Sun

Soil type: Well-draining potting soil or a prepared soil mixture such as Josh's Frogs Potting Soil mix offered Here

Growth rate: Moderate-Fast

Height: up to 24” 

Origin: South America, native to the areas of Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname 

Regional locality: Found in the Amazon rainforest on the forest floor

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10

Suggested Vivarium/ Animal Terrarium Use:




  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Aquatic Set-ups
  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Snakes
  • Geckos
  • Temperate Vivariums



  • Frogs & Toads ✔
  • Lizards & turtles ✔
  • Snakes ✔
  • Geckos ✔
  • Tropical Vivariums ✔
  • Toads
  • Lizards and tortoises
  • Geckos
  • Desert Vivariums

Care Notes: Highly sensitive to cold drafts. Place in an area with an ambient room temperature of at least 60°. Direct sunlight will damage the leaves and fade their color. 


Shipping Notes: 

As a good practice, Josh's Frogs recommends washing all plants thoroughly removing as much soil as possible with dechlorinated water before placing them in their final home. Live plants may vary in color, size, and appearance.


The plant pictured is in a 2.5" pot.


This product ships to your doorstep. Most orders placed before 2pm ET on business days will ship out the same day.

Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

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This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:

  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Next Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -40 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.

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Perfect, healthy plant

After ordering several of the Calathea 'Vittata', I am continually impressed with its quality. These plants always arrive healthy, at about the same size as the plant pictured. Expect a small root system that doesn't reach the entire pot.


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Looks great

Plant came in great condition with minimal browning on the tips (it is a calathea so that is expected). Plant looks great and I look forward to seeing it grow.


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Great little calathea

Came in excellent condition and is still adjusting to my new terrarium.


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Healthy happy plant!

I ordered one of these in June 2020. Now, at the end of December 2020, it has doubled or tripled in size. Excellent growth! Some calatheas are super-sensitive, but this one seems to be a trooper! Leaves are a hint waxy so it is not as sensitive to humidity fluctuations as many other varieties. Mine grows in an east-facing window and seems rather happy there. It did totally fine all summer and fall without an additional humidity. This area stays around 50-70% humidity because of several open top aquariums. Once the winter heating kicked on, though, I started to see a hint of browning on one leaf (which is pretty amazing compared to most other calatheas). I’ve adjusted its location and turned on the humidifier for my tropicals. This little plant is right back to living its best life!


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stunning plant

The white stripes in this plant's leaves aren't given enough justice from the photos, I was absolutely shocked and delighted when I received it, it's possibly the prettiest plant I have received from here (and that's saying something)

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