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Calathea lancifolia - rattlesnake plant

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One snake you'll be very pleased to find in your home! Symmetrically spotted wiggly leaves, purple on the underside, make a very attractive indoor plant or shade underplanting in tropical gardens. Likes it warm and humid for best results.


closeup image: Drew Avery via Flickr; plant image:Jim the photographer   via Flickrcropped to size.


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Calathea lancifolia - rattlesnake calathea
DESCRIPTION: Long slender deep green leaves, lance-shaped, wiggly along the edge, with attractive symmetrical spot patterning and purple undersides. Produces little sand-coloured flowers like a rattlesnake tail at the foot of the stems when mature and happy.
USES: Ideal container plant for a shaded patio, accent planting in frost-free gardens, or indoors. Suited to underplanting in tropical style gardens. 
PLANTING: Plant in a shady spot with indirect sunlight. Prefers moisture-retaining soil or a good quality potting mix.
CARE: Water regularly during the first 12 weeks and regularly once established. Mist regularly if air humidity is low. Apply a slow release fertiliser yearly and liquid feed every three months for vibrant healthy foliage. Pruning isn't required, simply remove the old leaves for a quick tidy up.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 60-75cm H x 60cm W.
YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm including the pot height of 80mm high and 42 mm wide.

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