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Goeppertia zebrina

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Calathea zebrina
Description

A houseplant with very showy leaves. Evergreen indoor herbaceous perennial to 3' 3", fountain-like and spreading.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaf is light green with dark green stripes
  • Leaf is lanceolate, velvety, underside is purple
  • Even, dark stripes are forked toward margin

Desired for its patterned leaves with velvety surfaces; distinguished from Ctenanthe oppenheimiana by stripes- the Ctenanthe is light green on dark green with forks pointed toward the middle, the Calathea is dark green on light green with the forks pointed toward the 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:
#purple#evergreen#houseplant#green#shrub#showy leaves#interiorscape#accent plant#herbaceous#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#evergreen#houseplant#green#shrub#showy leaves#interiorscape#accent plant#herbaceous#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Goeppertia
    Species:
    zebrina
    Family:
    Marantaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Houseplant
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Description:
    White and violet; bracts violet-brown.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Basal or crowded alternate, simple, oblong-elliptic to lanceolate, acute, rotund to somewhat cuneate, entire, velvety green above with broad dark green, forked stripes along lateral veins, underside red-purple; sessile, sheath-winged.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Short, erect aerial or rhizomatous.