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Goeppertia majestica

Previously known as:

  • Calathea majestica
Phonetic Spelling
GO-per-sha ma-JES-te-ka
Description

Goeppertia majestica or Calathea majestica is a herbaceous perennial evergreen, typically grown as a houseplant for its very showy leaves. The plant will grow to a little over 3 feet with an erect and spreading form. The leaves are erect, egg-shaped with slender petioles and are typically green and may, or may not, have thin stripes of color along the veins. The underside of the leaf is typically purple.

Outside of its native area, the plant is usually grown indoors as a large specimen or atrium plant in high humidity. The plant does not tolerate Iow humidity, wet soil, dry soil, low or inconstant temperatures, cold drafts, direct sun, or low light. It prefers a well-lit site with high humidity, moist soil and constant average room temperature. The plant grows from underground rhizome in organically rich soil. Plants need high humidity, so consider standing a potted plant on a bed of wet pebbles, misting the foliage regularly or growing the plant in a humidified room. During the growing season (April-August), water regularly to keep soil moist (but not wet) and apply a balanced fertilizer each month. Reduce watering and fertilization in winter when plant growth typically slows down.

Diseases, Insect Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

No serious disease/pest problems. However, watch for aphids, scale, mealybugs and spider mites. Leaf spots may appear and plants will react to low humidity with leaves that roll or brown up. Direct sun can cause leaf scorch.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Albo-lineata'
    Thin white stripes along lateral veins.
  • 'Roseo-lineata'
    Has pink stripes.
'Albo-lineata', 'Roseo-lineata'
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#perennials#showy leaves#interiorscape#herbaceous#fantz#indoor#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Albo-lineata'
    Thin white stripes along lateral veins.
  • 'Roseo-lineata'
    Has pink stripes.
'Albo-lineata', 'Roseo-lineata'
Tags:
#evergreen#houseplant#perennials#showy leaves#interiorscape#herbaceous#fantz#indoor#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Goeppertia
    Species:
    majestica
    Family:
    Marantaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern South America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    High
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    11b, 11a, 12a, 12b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    Flower Description:
    White, violet and yellow, in pairs; bracts burnt orange, spirally arranged.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Obtuse
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Erect, basal or crowded alternate, simple, ovate, obtuse, rotund, entire, glossy dark green above, dull red-purple beneath, to 24 inches; petioles sheathing at base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Short, erect aerial or rhizomatous.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Rain Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen