The Calathea Rattlesnake has long wavy green leaves with a pattern of deep green brushstrokes on top, resembling reptile skin, and a deep purple underside. Arrive in a nursery grow pot nestled inside our ceramic planter.
Bright indirect to low light
Water every 1–2 weeks
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Calathea lancifolia, the Rattlesnake Calathea, is a colorful member of the prayer plant family, Marantaceae. Calatheas are often called 'prayer plants' because of their unique leaf movements: they raise and lower their leaves from day to night as a part of their circadian rhythm. This phenomenon is called nyctinasty. Plant movements are controlled by a flux of water pressure in the pulvini - nodes at the base of the leaves. Scientists theorize that these movements are meant to follow the sun and catch as much light as possible –– an essential trait for a forest-floor-dwelling plant!
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