We love this amazingly striking variegated house plant! The Rattlesnake plant - Calathea Lancifolia - has fresh green leaves with darker green stripes and burgundy colouring on the underside. Called the Rattlesnake plant because of the markings on the leaves which look a bit like the patterns on a rattlesnake’s skin - it’s stunning to have in your home and will be much admired by any visitor!
Originating in Brazil, Calathea Lancifolia it perfect as a taste of the tropical rainforest - and also as a part of any forest bathing experience. You can enjoy the benefits of the rainforest inside your own home and feel the power that houseplants can have on psychological health and wellbeing.
You may be lucky enough to get flowers as in its natural habitat this great big leaf house plant has beautiful flowers - we can’t guarantee flowers but they are beautiful when they come!
The striking variegation on the sword-like leaves of this plant - also sometimes known as Zebra plant - makes it a real style plant. You may see it in the pictures of magazines - it’s very distinctive. Imagine how it will look next to your sofa in a wonderful planter! It really does add a definite tropical flavour to a room which is always welcome particularly when it’s cold outside!
As a bonus, the Calathea Lancifolia is fine if you have pets! It’s sometimes tricky to find houseplants that are suitable if you have cats and dogs - many of them can be toxic if eaten. However, this plant is fine! If you’d like to find out more about houseplants that are suitable if you have pets, have a look at our pet safe collection on the home page.
If you’d like to give this amazing house plant as a gift then we can make it even more special by including a free, handwritten card as part of your plant gift delivery.
Here at Happy Houseplants we pride ourselves on personal service and we really want to share our love of plants - so whether it’s variegated house plants or cacti, mini indoor plants or large foliage plants, we’re the best place to buy houseplants!
Calathea Lancifolia care level
This plant is easy to care for, suitable for beginners.
Where should I put this plant?
It needs bright but indirect light - if it’s put in full sun the leaves may curl up and burn.
How should I water it?
Water when the top few inches are dry to the touch and then soak and allow to drain. The soil needs to be kept moist but do not let it sit in water.
Should I feed it?
You can feed in spring and summer - try our vegan, organic plant food!
Is it suitable if I have pets?
Yes! This plant is great if you have cats or dogs.
What size is this houseplant?
W17cm x H70cm, this comes in a small tembesi pot.
If you’d like to see a video we have made about general houseplant care, have a look here.