Calathea lancifolia, Rattlesnake Plant

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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

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Recently Shipped Calathea lancifolia, Rattlesnake Plant


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

99 reviews for Calathea lancifolia, Rattlesnake Plant

  1. Karen D. (verified owner)

  2. Mary Lou (verified owner)

    Plant came very well packed and watered. Beautiful plant.

  3. Denis BOLOUVI (verified owner)


  4. Sharon S. (verified owner)

    Absolutely stunning. I received my plant on Sunday and am amazed how beautiful it is. Some of the dirt was out of the pot but that was most likely from the delivery service. If you have pets, this is definitely a plant you will love.

  5. Cori K. (verified owner)

    I love this plant! So much character and texture. Arrived healthy and beautiful.

  6. Reggie Threlkeld (verified owner)

    My wife absolutely loved her new plant.

  7. Shikhar A. (verified owner)

    Very nice plant – Of all the online plant websites, I have had the best experience with you. My second time ordering the plant and I am more than happy with this purchase. Thank you

  8. clayton carroll (verified owner)

    Arrived well,packaged, soil was held in pot with plastic wrap, plant leaves secured by newspaper. 0lant arrived with out a bruise. Loved the fact plant was root bound, very healthy.

  9. Jerene Larson (verified owner)

    Aside from a few brown leaves, this is one of my favorites and looks awesome!

  10. Mary Watson (verified owner)

    I was so pleased to see the care that was given to protect the plants during shipment. The quality of each and every plant has been outstanding. Loved Plant Vine so much I stop using my previous plant center!

  11. Tim (verified owner)

    arrived intact and is thriving!

  12. Tania Diaz (verified owner)

  13. clayton carroll (verified owner)

    Thank you very much. Thank you for advertising exactly what you send. So many times growers will send 4″ pots with a meager rooted stick of a plant all pumped up on fertilizer. Plant Vine delivered! I received a very nice looking plant. The soil was held in place by moist heavy duty paper towel. All wrapped I have a shrink like plastic. Even upside no soil escaped. Also, the plant was very well rooted. Not quite pot bound but by end of summer maybe. The premium soil was a luscious black with time release fertilizer and drains as a premium soil should. At the big box stores your paying way too much for 4″ and 6″ pots. I’ve seen the gallon pot going for 100.00. You know like I know those plants are rushed to the market. PlantVine delivers and yes I will buy from and recommend, PlantVine again and again and again. Thank you PlantVine.

  14. Armand J Sadlier (verified owner)

    Been wanting one of these for a while. I have a rosa picta calathea too. Came beautiful & healthy, like all Plantvine orders. All these reviews, though, and no one mentions the cool trick it does in the evening where all the leaves draw up towards the center! It’s so dramatic, you can almost see them moving. they move 4-5 inches in hours. Wish I could post a before/after. Not many plants come with a floor show!

  15. Jenn Goyette (verified owner)

    OMG. I am so in love with everything I purchased. Everybody was still healthy and didn’t seem to mind the shipping. So happy and will be back for more as I grow my jungle. Thanks so much!!!

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  22. SONYA L. (verified owner)

    Its beautiful i love it

  23. Samson (verified owner)

    Significantly smaller than I had expected but overall in great condition when it arrived.

  24. Joseph (verified owner)

    Arrived in beautiful shape!

  25. Katoria (verified owner)

  26. Tammy W. (verified owner)

    Cute little plant. Love it. Perfection once again in all aspects from plant vine. Thank you

  27. Moises Cobian (verified owner)

    It is smaller than shown in the image, but in quality it is excellent as well as the packaging is adequate

  28. Mallory (verified owner)

  29. Sara F. (verified owner)

    Love this cute lil guy

  30. Julia Daly/Ron Vedd (verified owner)

    Everything about the experience was fantastic. The plants are beautiful. The attention to packing was a 10!!! I will definitely order again. I posted on Instagram!! Thanks so much for doing such a great job.

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Why others chose the Calathea lancifolia, Rattlesnake Plant

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.

Saw that on YouTube and wanted.

This plant is very unique looking to me.

unique design of leaves

Thrives in humidity so bought this for my bathroom.

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

Bold coloring

Air purifier

Air purifier

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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This was one on the 8 plants I ordered, healthy like all of the others, I sent a note to Plant VINE asking then to please ship me good and healthy plants and I would become a good customer and all eight was perfect I was amazed. I am a good customer now will order again. They did not fail me at all.