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Calathea makoyana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1b (heated greenhouse - subtropical)

Colour

Flower

Purple and White in Summer

Foliage

Pale Green, Dark Green and Dark Purple in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

peacock plant

Family

Marantaceae


Calathea are evergreen rhizomatous perennials forming clumps of elliptic leaves, often attractively patterned; spikes of small flowers are seldom produced in cultivation

C. makoyana is a clump-forming evergreen perennial, with long-stalked ovate silvery-green leaves, with darker veins and regular dark blotches each side of the midrib, and purple beneath; small purple and white flowers in spikes

Other common names

  • brain plant
  • cathedral windows

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in a warm sheltered frost-free area in moist but well-drained soil. Grow under glass in loam-less or loam-based compost in indirect or filtered light in draught-free condtions. Will tolerate low light levels. Bright light can cause leaf scorch

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Sub-tropical or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Diseases

Generally disease free