Calathea Rattlesnake Plant

Calathea lancifolia

Growzone: 9-11

Rattlesnake Plant has darkly patterned leaves with purple undersides it does well inside in low light areas. Rattlesnake Plants bring personality and color to indoor spaces. They are well suited for offices, or areas with only fluorescent light, or even a northern facing window. It is part of the Marantaceae family and likes bright, indirect light, as the colors will fade and the leaves will burn if exposed to too much direct light. These plants like to dry out some between watering.
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4" $16.95
6" $26.95
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Rattlesnake Plant is a pretty, pet friendly plant that does well indoors with minimal light and care. This plant looks like it’s been painted, and likes to dry out between watering. While it is tolerant of wet roots, it prefers not to be that way. The foliage will fade or burn if exposed to excessive light. The foliage is both cat and dog safe, according to the ASPCA Plant Toxicity List. This family of plants is known for its bright, intense foliage as it performs well indoors and holds its color without much light or care.

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History and introduction of Rattlesnake Plant:

Native to Brazil, Rattlesnake Plant is found in slightly moist soil with bright, indirect light. The soil, while moist, drains quickly so that the roots don’t constantly stay wet. Thus, the plants like some humidity and can survive with little to no direct light. Rattlesnake Plants produce small flowers that are white, but rarely seen when the plant is grown indoors. The leaves move upwards, near vertical, come nighttime when the light is no longer available. Many have hypothesized why some plants do this, but there is not a consensus.

Calathea lancifolia is the Latin name for Rattlesnake Plant. Calathea means basket, which refers to the shape of the flower, while lancifolia means lance-shaped leaves.