Rattlesnake Plant (65cm)


About me

AKA: Calathea lancifolia

I’m the star of the party with dazzling wavy edge leaves, popping with green on top and a deep maroon beneath. I’m from Brazil so I love a bit of warmth and humidity and I know how to get the party going ;)

I love humid areas like bathrooms and kitchens.

Care instructions


  • I like bright areas with either filtered light or a little shade – keep me out of the brightest direct light


  • Keep the compost moist in spring – autumn; in winter let the compost dry out in between watering me
  • I love humidity so mist me regularly (or use a tray of pebbles filled with water)
  • Try to use filtered water, as I don’t like the chemicals in tap water


  • Feed me once a month from spring to summer


  • Give my leaves a wipe every so often

Common problems

 Curling leaves:

  • Underwatered or not enough humidity – give me a spray and a little bit of water for a few days until I look better

Yellow leaves:

  • If lots of my leaves are turning yellow, be careful that I haven’t been overwatered, move me to a slightly warmer spot 

Brown tips:

  • Probably not enough humidity – mist me

Limp stem / droopy leaves:

  • You could’ve overwatered me or it may be too cold. Check that my compost is not wet, and move me to a warmer spot 


Not toxic to pets if ingested 

Find me a pot 

This 65cm tall Rattlesnake plant comes in a 17cm plastic nursery pot, so will fit in a decorative pot >18cm; we have some suggestions at the bottom of the page.

Note: decorative pots in photos sold separately