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The Calathea is a tropical plant that is most known for her colourful foliage and the unique movement of her leaves. She is easy going, pet-friendly and has great air-purifying capacities, which makes her a popular houseplant.

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The Calathea plant family is a big one, so there are many Calathea varieties to choose from. They come in different shapes and sizes, all with their own uniquely coloured foliage. Many Calathea varieties have cute nicknames such as peacock plant, zebra plant and rattlesnake plant – yes, there’s definitely a theme going on here!

Nicknamed the ‘Zebra Plant’, the Calathea Zebrina has bright green leaves marked with dark green stripes, resembling the stripes on a zebra. When she closes her leaves at night, she reveals the stunning purple undersides of her leaves.
The Calathea Lancifolia or ‘Rattlesnake Plant’ has long, narrow leaves marked with darker blotches that resemble the markings of – you probably already guessed it – a rattlesnake.

Another variety with purple-ish undersides is the Calathea Makoyana, commonly known as the Peacock Plant. She has thin, light green leaves with dark green ‘peacock’ markings. Both the stem and the underside of the leaves have a stunning purple colour.

The Calathea variety with the most characteristic purple colour is the Calathea Veitchiana ‘Medallion’ – nicknamed after its medallion-like leaves. The Calathea Orbifolia on the other hand has large silvery-green leaves with pale green undersides.

Other varieties include the rare Calathea White Fusion, the Calathea Triostar and the Calathea Roseopicta 'Dottie'.

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