Native to the Brazilian rainforest, rattlesnake plant thrives in moist, warm, semi-shady climates. It can grow up to 3ft. and if conditions are just right, the plant produces bright yellow-orange blooms in late spring and early summer.
01 Plant Facts
Botanical name Calathea Lancifolia
Native to Tropical Americas
02 Plant Care
Light Rattlesnake plants need bright, but not direct, sunlight to grow. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves of a Calathea plant and cause it to lose its vibrant colors.
Temperature Between 65-80°F (18-26°C) Temperatures above and below that can cause damage to the plant, first evident in the curling of the leaves.
Watering Rattlesnake plants like to have moist soil or planting substances, but not soggy. They do not want lots of water, as it can drown them. When you water a Rattlesnake plant, do not water it so much that the plant ends up sitting in standing water.
Pets Non-toxic to dogs and cats.
03 Care Tips
If you’ve noticed your Rattlesnake Plant is looking a little sad, try these tips:
01 Leaves Curling / Brown Leaf Tips
With the Calathea, leaves that are curling is often caused when the plant is underwatered and/or dry air has affected it because of low humidity. They come from over or under-watering and lack of the right temperature or humidity levels.
02 Simulate the Rainforest
Rattlesnake plants need bright, but not direct, sunlight to grow. This is because they grow on the floor of jungles and forests where they get limited light through the tops of the trees. In fact, direct sunlight will burn the leaves of a Rattlesnake plant and cause it to lose its vibrant colors.