This Brazilian beauty has all the glamour of its peacock namesake - and like the peacock it unfurls its new leaves to show off colours front and back; shades of green in front, rich maroon behind. In sunlight leaves appear to shimmer gold.
Calathea makoyana, Goeppertia makoyana - peacock plant, cathedral windows
DESCRIPTION: Tropical foliage plant native to South America with large broad highly-patterned leaves on long stems. Peacock-type feathered pattern, pale green on dark olive green, which repeats on the bottom of the leaves, in maroon. USES: Indoor plant, tropical accent planting. PLANTING: Plant in a shady spot with indirect sunlight. Prefers moisture-retaining soil or a good quality potting mix. Needs temperatures over 15C CARE: Water regularly during the first 12 weeks and regularly once established. Mist regularly if air humidity is low, and wipe the leaves gently with a damp cloth to free them of dust. Apply a nitrogen rich slow release fertiliser every three months for vibrant healthy foliage. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 60cm H. YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, young healthy plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide. May be supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on. These are shipped inside pots for protection in transit.