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Rattlesnake Plant Goeppertia insignis

Previously known as:

  • Calathea lancifolia
Description

A houseplant with striking foliage.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves are lanceolate, with WAVY margins
  • Leaf underside is purple
  • Leaf pattern is alternating small/large dark green ellipses

Evergreen indoor herbaceous perennial to 20", fountain-like and spreading. 

Desired for its patterned leaves with wavy margins; difficult to care for properly because of humidity requirement; used for accent, specimen in indoor settings, large terrariums or greenhouses. 

Intolerant of low humidity, wet soil, dry soil, low or inconstant temperatures, cold drafts, direct sun, low light; prefers well-lit site with high humidity, moist soil and constant average room temperature; no serious disease/pest problems.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#green#showy leaves#interiorscape#herbaceous#burgundy#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#green#showy leaves#interiorscape#herbaceous#burgundy#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Goeppertia
    Species:
    insignis
    Family:
    Marantaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Basal or crowded alternate, simple, oblong-linear to narrowly lanceolate, acute, cuneate, undulate, medium to light green above with alternating large and small, dark green, elliptic blotches along lateral veins, underside purple-maroon; petioles sheathing at base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Short, erect aerial or rhizomatous.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants