Calathea Makoyana also known as the ‘Peacock Plant’ has round, light and dark green leaves with a pattern that resembles a peacock’s tail. The Peacock Plant's leaves also have an iridescence that shimmers in the light and an acrylic feel. The undersides of the leaves are a rich maroon-purple color. Native to the tropical forests of Brazil, they're found growing under the shade canopies of the tall, tropical trees. The leaves rise throughout the day, relaxing when the sun is out and reaching for light during the nighttime. Due to this unusual pattern, the plant has been nicknamed the ‘Prayer Plant,’ referencing its similarities to praying hands at night.
The attractive foliage on the Calathea is what makes them popular with homeowners as houseplants. These tall, slender plants add beautiful color to your houseplant collection without monopolizing space.
Thrives in medium to bright indirect light, high humidity. Shield from direct sun or breezy windows as this decreases the humidity.
Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Fertilize every other week. Calatheas can be sensitive to hard tap water. Try using filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using.
Sick Plant Signs
Curling leaves, dry potting mix: Thirsty plant, underwatered
Mushy stems, wet potting mix: Root rot, overwatered
Leaf drop, loss of pigment: Low light