Peacock Plant (Calathea)
Peacock plants, also called Calathea, are most know for their brightly colored leaves with darker purple or red undersides. These plants are grown only for their foliage and not their flowers. Their leaves vary greatly anywhere from small and round to long and skinny. Their coloration also displays a wide variety, anywhere from bold markings to delicate, almost artificially, painted details.
Calathea are a little more fussy than most houseplants and require extra care, but are well worth the effort.
Light: Bright indirect light. Too much sun may cause burning and color fade, a north facing windowsill is preferred.
Water: Likes to remain moist at all times, but not wet or in standing in water.
Humidity: This plant requires high humidity to be kept healthy. Humidity can be increased by having the plant sit on a tray of wet pebbles, having a humidifier close by, or by grouping multiple plants together.
Some varieties include:
Calathea Shining Star (Above)
Calathea Grey Star
Calathea Gekko Pink
Calathea Burly Marx
Calathea Ornata Sanderiana
Velvet Calathea (Rufibarba)
- GROWTH RATE Moderate