Calathea ‘Rattlesnake’ Plant

(2 customer reviews)



The ‘Rattlesnake’ plant (Goeppertia insignis, formerly Calathea lancifolia) is native to Rio de Janero in Brazil. This unique cultivar has become iconic for it’s unique spear-shaped leaves with ruffled edges and dark green markings that are reminiscent of a rattlesnake’s tail. The leaves stand upright to show off their dark purple undersides. Place this plant in a prominent spot as an eye-catching statement piece that stands out from other plant varieties.

Care Requirements

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Photos are for reference only. You will be shipped a plant of the same quality. Ceramic pot not included.

Plants are shipped Mondays and Wednesdays to minimize transit delays that can occur closer to the weekend. Orders placed Thursday through Sunday will ship Monday. Orders placed Monday or Tuesday will ship Wednesday.

Care Tips for ‘Rattlesnake’ Plant

Fertilizer: 20-10-20 or 20-20-20 applied twice a month. Higher fertilizer levels may attract pests.

Light: Light levels should remain between 650-750 foot candles. If light levels become too high leaves can become scorched.

Soil: Choose a coir or peat-based media with good drainage for quick root development. Ideal pH is between 5.5 to 6.5.

Water: The soil should stay evenly moist throughout the life of the plant. If the plants become too dry, then the leaves will exhibit leaf and tip burn.

Humidity:  Ideal humidity levels are between 70- 80%, although Calathea ‘Rattlesnake’ can often tolerate lower humidity levels. If leaf edges begin to brown, add a humidity tray or place near a humidifier.

Temperature: This plant grows best in temperatures from 70°- 80°F range. During the cooler months when the temperatures falls below 65°F the plants will grow more slowly, and fertilization rates need to be reduced.

Disease & Pests: Some common issues for these plants include fungus gnats, spider mites, and botrytis. Good watering and sanitation practices will help avoid these problems.

2 reviews for Calathea ‘Rattlesnake’ Plant

  1. Michelle Burnette (verified owner)

    I love the uniqueness of this plant and vibrant color. One of my new favorites!

  2. Justin (verified owner)

    This plant is so cool. The leaves move through out the day. Came quickly and super healthy.

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