Calathea is a genus of plants belonging to the family Marantaceae, native to the tropical Americas. Other common names for this plant include zebra plant, peacock plant and rattlesnake plant. There are over 300 different species of Calathea. Many of the species are popular as house plants due to their decorative leaves and vibrant colors.
The most common pest for calathea is the spider mite.
The Flowering Calathea can grown from 1 to 2 feet tall.
Calathea plants need bright, but not direct, sunlight to grow. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves and cause it to lose its vibrant colors.
Calathea plants enjoy filtered or dechlorinated water, and tend to be a little more demanding than other houseplants. Calatheas enjoy consistently having moist soil, but not soggy.
Calathea plants are non-toxic.