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Watch the Leaves of the Rattlesnake Calathea Plant Sway With the Sun & Revel in Its Easy Care
The Calathea Rattlesnake Plant, or Goeppertia insignia as it is botanically named, is one of the most remarkable and easy to adore indoor houseplants on the market!
Calathea lancifolia Rattlesnake plant features sword like leaves that are green with darker colored spots that give it its nickname. The distinctive spots resemble those of a rattlesnake and have ruffled edges. The dark green foliage has reddish purple undersides that cast shadows as the leaves sway in the directions the sun is moving.
Originating in the rainforests of Brazil, the Rattlesnake plant has become popular in the indoor plant world recently due to the memorable foliage and the ability to thrive in low light.
Keep the Rattlesnake Calathea in any room of the house that shows a bit of filtered light. It looks great cared for in offices, bedrooms, bathrooms, or living rooms and will add a touch of green decor that your home needs!
Rattlesnake Calathea Care
Rattlesnake calathea leaves curling may happen when the potted plant needs a drink of water. Establish a regular watering schedule to water when the top soil is dry to touch. Choose a pot with a drainage hole to avoid having wet feet which can cause root rot and is a common threat to many indoor plants.
Soil for rattlesnake calathea should be welling draining and slightly acidic like our Organic Potting Mix or Succulent Soil. Adding an amendment like perlite will help with drainage which can help you avoid root rot.
At maturity, the calathea rattlesnake size is up to 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide. It is the perfect small plant for containers and small spaces in your home. Calathea rattlesnake doesn't get large like some other house plants.
The Rattlesnake Calathea Plant can thrive outside all year long in zones 10 and above but is commonly grown as an indoor plant where it thrives near windows or brightly lit rooms. Temperatures should never exceed below 50 F for this sensitive plant and it prefers high humidity environments.
Calathea rattlesnake light // requirements are bright indirect light found from a south or east facing window. Be sure to shield it from the direct sun as this can scorch the leaves. If you are growing it outdoors, a spot with partial shade and partial sun is optimal for the best growing environment. This tropical plant will tolerate low light conditions, but the leaves will fade into a light green color.
Fertilizer for calathea rattlesnake should be applied according to the fertilizer label and application in spring and summer is preferred since that is when it's the active growing season.
Is Calathea Rattlesnake Toxic to Cats?
Your feline and canine friends won't be bothered by this harmless plant. Despite their name, Rattlesnake prayer plants are non-toxic to pets! They are also known for purifying the air and helping clean toxins from your home.
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Partial Sun / Partial Shade
Growing Zones 10, 11, All Zones
I love this plant! I have it in my home office and it makes me happy just to see it there. It seems to bring its leaves closer in the evening and then span out during daylight hours. I definitely recommend getting this plant.