Rattlesnake Calathea

(128 customer reviews)

Scientific Name: Calathea lancifolia, Goeppertia insignis (formerly)

Common Names: Rattlesnake Calathea, Rattlesnake Plant, Rattlesnake Prayer Plant

Overview: With long, narrow leaves and distinctive coloration pattern, the Lancifolia is a relatively easy specimen to care for among calatheas and makes for a great plant to start your prayer plant collection. As the name suggests, the rattlesnake plant has a distinctively reptillian pattern that is a brilliant green on top and a reddish purple underneath.

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Ships October 6th - October 13th.
$ 21.00
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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Organic Outdoor Potting Mix

PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Pot it for me

Have your plant delivered pre-potted when purchasing a medium-sized plant along with one of our premium planters.

  • For Medium Plants
  • Perfect for gift giving
  • Replaces our standard grower pot
  • Medium Plant and Premium Planter must be purchased at same time to qualify
  • Can not be used with large, XL or hanging pot specimens

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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All about the Rattlesnake Plant

Calathea lancifolia is a wonderful houseplant. It is an ornamental evergreen plant with the added bonus of easy care requirements. It grows to be 30 inches tall with leaves up to 18 inches long. The leaves are heavily marked with dark blotches that resemble the markings of a rattlesnake, which explains where it gets its name.

Yellow flowers seasonally bloom on a rattlesnake plant if it is growing outdoors. This plant also purifies the air and is cat, dog, and child friendly.


The botanical name for Rattlesnake plant is Calathea lancifolia. It was previously known by the name Calathea Insignis. Calathea genus is part of the Marantaceae family.  These plants are native to South and Central America, West Indies, and Africa. It symbolizes a ‘new beginning,’ which comes from the famous phrase ‘to turn over a new leaf’. This is exactly what a rattlesnake plant does in the darkness. The plant also makes for a thoughtful gift for this reason.

Caring for your Calathea Rattlesnake

Calathea rattlesnake is a plant easy to care for. However, there are a few measures and precautions you need to take to grow and maintain yours.


Calathea Lancifolia prefers bright, indirect light. Like most variegated plants, it requires plenty of diffused light. Direct exposure to sunlight can cause the leaves to fade and lose their pattern. Your plant will do well in low to medium light. Consider placing your plant near north or east-facing window.

Your Rattlesnake plant can tolerate shade to an extent as it originates from the Amazon jungles of South America, where it lives in the shade due to surrounding dense vegetation. However, depriving it of light to a great extent can negatively affect its growth. The more indirect light it gets, the better the foliage.


The soil you use to grow your rattlesnake plant needs to offer plenty of drainage. These plants like to stay moist. However, keep in mind that they can’t handle sitting in stagnant water. Fill your pot with light sandy soil to plant your Calathea rattlesnake. A potting mix consisting of two parts of peat moss and one part perlite will work well too. You should also avoid alkaline soil as they do not respond to alkaline pH well, unlike acidic or neutral soil.


Keep the soil moist but make sure you’re not allowing your plant to sit in water for long hours. Especially during the winter season, allow the soil to dry before watering your plant again. If the leaves start yellowing, it may be a sign that you’re overwatering it. Little and often should be the water policy you follow.

You can water your Calathea Lancifolia more often during the spring and summer months. These are the seasons your plant will experience the most growth. You will see the leaves beginning to curl if you are not giving enough water to your plant. Although frequent, rattlesnake plants require only a little watering. Water your plant only until it starts to trickle down the drainage hole.


The active growing season for Calathea Rattlesnake is during spring and summer times. You can fertilize your plant every four weeks during this season with a weak dose of nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Make sure your fertilizer also contains iron.

Common Issues with the Calathea Lancifolia

Rattlesnake plants do not have any risk of pests and diseases. However, it is still important that you look out for any possible consequences.

Pests and Diseases

This plant is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, if any scales or mites attack your plant, you may find spots appearing on the leaves of your plant.

The leaves may turn brown or roll up if your plant is facing an issue of low humidity. On the other hand, avoid exposing your plant to direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.

Pruning your Calathea

To have your plant focus on healthy leaves, it is important to prune the torn or dead leaves. If you see a leaf in a really bad condition, you can cut it off entirely without any worries. This will allow your plant to grow new and healthy leaves. Simply use a clean and sharp knife to cut the leaf near the stem.

If you feel like you do not need to discard the whole leaf, you can also just trim it. Grab a pair of scissors and cut away the damaged or brown part of the leaf, leaving the remaining foliage intact.

Propagation and Repotting

Calathea rattlesnake plant can easily be propagated through the division method.

  • Water your plant the day before you plan to propagate
  • Choose a large enough pot for the root ball
  • Fill the pot 1/3 way with soil
  • Brush soil from the roots of your plant and use your fingers to separate the roots
  • Trim off any damaged parts
  • Place the divided root ball in the new pot
  • Fill the pot with soil

Water the plant until it starts draining down the drainage hole

128 reviews for Rattlesnake Calathea

  1. Heather N. (verified owner)

    I’m astounded at how exceptionally wonderful my new Calathea arrived! I am truly amazed at how beautiful the plant is and the size of the plant is unbelievable! You do a very good job of packaging the plant and I’m very grateful I ordered from you! I will definitely order from you again!!

  2. Carolyn Patterson (verified owner)

    A very nice large plant. Very pleased with all the plants..

  3. Sharon Holt (verified owner)

    Absolutely love my beautiful plant!!

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  5. Robert B. (verified owner)

    Well packaged. Arrived in same condition as pictured in pre-shipment email.

  6. Shirley Camp (verified owner)

    This plant is beautiful and came wrapped very secure. Appreciate the care that went into packing it.

  7. Brittany (verified owner)

    My plant arrived exactly as pictured and well packaged. I order all of my plants from here!

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  11. Hayley J (verified owner)

    Beautiful bigger than I expected

  12. Jessica S. (verified owner)

    Beautiful! Looks healthy and lush, came well packaged! We even got a little bonus filler plant to keep him cozy and snug in the box which I also love!

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  16. Brigitte Stewart (verified owner)

    Love it! So 😂 happy

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  18. Katherine (verified owner)

    Arrived in good shape!

  19. Susan L. (verified owner)

    All the plants arrived beautiful and lush and much larger than I expected. In fact, I had to get larger decorative planters.

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  22. Shelby Or Jarin (verified owner)

    I ordered this plant in January, but I live in Iowa where the weather is 70 one day and 28 the next during this time. Plantvine sent out an email letting me know that the forecast wasn’t going to be above 40° at night for 4 days in a row and would wait until the weather was more accommodating. I just want to say that I am SO grateful they did this. It shows they truly care about their customers and their plants. So she finally arrived and unboxing my plant(s) was like opening a birthday gift! I was so excited. She was absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to watch her grow!!!! Thank you so much for your amazing customer service and for sending me weekly updates on whether or not the plants could be shipped! I recommend you to all my other plant loving friends. 🪴

  23. Nicole D. (verified owner)

    Beautiful and unique plant! Perfectly packaged.

  24. Debra B. (verified owner)

    Plant arrived in perfect condition! It’s absolutely beautiful!

  25. Stephanie S. (verified owner)

    Arrived in perfect condition. Super healthy and a perfect addition to the household! Love it!

  26. Cordella R. (verified owner)

    My plant arrived fast and was nice in size, a beautiful plant I found my new place to order my plants Plant Vine !!!

  27. Theresa Fahy-Ernst (verified owner)

    beautiful plants, well packaged and protected in shipping, very satisfied

  28. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I LOVE my plant and appreciate the care you took in packaging and shipping.

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Why others chose the Rattlesnake Calathea

Chameleon enclosure

purchased for our daughter who loves house plants

They're mesmerizing!

interesting colors and pet friendly

Fun bathroom plant

I love the leaves

In hopes of creating a fresh atmosphere in my low light dining room.

The spotting and the length with ripples on the leaves makes it so unique

Wanted to add new plants to my current collection

Love the rattle snake plant . Beautiful plant

Gorgeous hello

Wanted something for the bathroom.

This plant is very unique looking to me.

Saw that on YouTube and wanted.

unique design of leaves

Thrives in humidity so bought this for my bathroom.

Bold coloring

Unique plant! Will add interesting texture to my plants

One of my favorite places to buy plants. They’re healthy, full and the packaging is perfect. Never a problem with breakage.

Pet safe, awesome leaves.

beautiful colors and pattern. Also I’m a first timer plant mom so these are beginner friendly and house plants

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Love the uniqueness of the leaves.

Pet friendly, low care, unique leaves

Interesting looking plant!!!

Never saw markings on the leaves like this.

Such a pretty and unique plant!

I love plants, and I wanted something that looked really different.

A classic

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