Calathea Lancifolia

*Plant height will vary. 

Calathea’s have attractive and intricately patterned leaves with a Burgundy wine color on the under belly. This particular Calathea, commonly known as Rattlesnake plant, appear as if they are hand painted and with polka dot markings. Extremely beautiful and exotic! At night their leaves will fold and then unfurl in the morning searching for sun. This happens due to a small joint that the plant posses between the stem and leaf.

Part Sun
Pet Toxic

The Dirt

Native to the Brazil. In their natural habitat, they grow on the floors of forests, because of that they do not want to be in direct sunlight. Doing so could burn and damage the leaves. Calathea’ s can be propagated, achieve this through division from a mature mother plant and not just a cutting. Prayer plants like to be grouped together. Terra cotta pots partner well with Calathea’s since they get rid of excess moisture. 

Part Sun

This plant likes most rooms with windows facing west or east. You could place it in a spot away from a very sunny window – as light intensity goes down quick as you move away from the light source.


Water once a week. Before watering, feel the soil, top layer should be dry, if not dry wait a day or two. If the soil still is wet you risk giving the plant too much water, you don’t want it to rot.

Pet Toxic

Only when ingested it may cause mild oral and gastrointestinal upsetness. Keep out of reach from pets and small children.

Calathea Lancifolia

Care Tips

Calathea’s can get root rot so soil and drainage are important

This plant enjoys humidity so purchasing a humidifier is a good idea, otherwise the tips might become brown. You can mist these plants but mist the stem and roots as oppose to the leaves

Moist soil is important but make sure excess water gets drained out. Calathea’ s do not like their soil to dry out completely. All about a balance 

Remove any dead and dried flowers so it remains healthy

If you see fungus gnats you can try bottom watering, leaving the top inch soil dry

Do not use leaf shine on these since it clogs the pours 

Native to Brazil

Common Names

Prayer Plant
Rattlesnake Plant

Botanical Name

Calathea Lancifolia



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