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Calathea Lancifolia 'Rattlesnake'


Native to the tropical rainforests of Brazil, the Calathea Lancifolia gets its common name of 'Rattlesnake' from its vibrant lance-shaped leaves with markings resembling the skin of reptiles. The brightly colored leaves are mainly green, striped with ovals of dark green and a wavy pattern along their edges. The leaves sport a bold purple underside. This trendy tropical plant thrives in bright light and prefers high humidity for best growth, making it a solid choice for a sunny bathroom or kitchen counter.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Calathea Lancifolia 
  • Common Name: Rattlesnake, Prayer Plant
  • Family: Marantaceae
  • Native Range: Brazil

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Light Preference: Medium to bright, indirect light. Tolerant of lower light and shade. Avoid direct sunlight/hot afternoon sun as this scorch the leaves. Color may begin to also fade if in too bright, or too little light.
  • Water Frequency: High/Moist. Thrives in evenly moist, well-drained soil. Allow the surface of the soil to slightly dry out between watering. These plants can be sensitive to hard water or water that has too many additives. We recommend using filtered tap water or rain water. Do not allow to completely dry out.
  • Humidity Preference: High
  • Temperature: Prefers warmth; 60-85F
  • Soil Type: Regular potting mix, Peaty mix, Airy and slightly acidic, Well draining
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves
  • Feeding: Fertilize every couple of weeks with a diluted balanced fertilizer during spring and summer
  • Propagation: Root division 
  • Growth Habit: Upright, Bushy. Can grow up to 2' tall and generally prefers to be repotted every two years
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic to humans and pets. However, with all plants we recommend you exercise caution with children and pets.