The Triostar Care Guide

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The Triostar

Stromanthe sanguinea triostar / Calathea triostar

Every leaf unique and each a work of art with pink, cream and shades of green elegantly splashed along spear like leaves, the Triostar is a vibrant, tropical indoor plant. The pink underside reveals itself when these gorgeous leaves stand up tall and subtly dance around during the day.

Native to the Brazilian rainforest, The Triostar is a tropical plant from the Marantaceae family (Maranta Species) and is a relative to our passive aggressive friends, the Calatheas.

This distinctive houseplant enjoys bright light - which enhances its variegation - and a humid environment. 

The Right Environment for The Triostar:

An equal mix of potting soil and perlite is most suitable for the Triostar.

Keep the air around it moist or place it in an already humid environment, like the bathroom or kitchen. The Triostar enjoys the replication of a tropical environment, which means daily mistings (if you can) or at least misting with a spray bottle every few days, including a pebble tray filled with water below the plant or putting on a humidifier in its close vicinity.

Brown and crispy leaves means that your Triostar isn’t getting enough humidity.

The leaves can get scorched in harsh direct sunlight but they do enjoy bright light and will enhance the gorgeous variegation and pinkish hues when exposed to as much bright indirect light as possible.

Watering The Triostar:

Like their relatives, the passive aggressive Calatheas, the Stromanthe Triostar can be very temperamental when it comes to watering. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and don’t let your Triostar dry out completely between waterings.

Find the happy medium of a moist soil (not soggy, not dried out), and then water when the top 2cm of the soil in the pot has dried up. 

Take your Triostar into the shower with you, because a very happy place for this indoor plant is in the shower with you every few weeks for a humidity boost!

Feeding The Triostar:

Fertilise your Triostar once every 2 weeks during Spring, Summer and Autumn (the growing season). You can stop fertilising during Winter when it is dormant.

Knowing Your Triostar:

The Triostar comes from the same family as Calatheas. This family of plants is often known as the prayer plant family due to the fact that many of the plants within this family have the unique characteristic of folding and unfolding their leaves based on the time of day.

The leaves follow the light during the day in a subtle dance called Nyctinasty - which is the daily oscillation and movement of the leaves in reaction to the light - and fold up during the night.

The Triostar is safe for pets and kids, so this a hot favourite for full homes! 


Closely related to the Calatheas, the Triostar shares many characteristics and has a similar look to some Calatheas. The Triostar is specifically often confused with the Calathea Magicstar - watch HERE for some clarity on the difference.

Take Home Your Own Triostar:

The Triostar subtly dances to the light during the day and its striking appearance makes this tropical houseplant a stand out feature in any space...

Striking in colour and bold in shape, the Triostar comes to you in either a 14cm or 25cm nursery pot - shop for your own Triostar HERE.