Aeschynanthus 'Rasta' XXL
The Calathea makoyana, also known as the peacock plant, is originally from the tropical rainforest of Brazil. The plant belongs to the Marantaceae family and usually grows in the shady undergrowth in nature. This species has become a popular houseplant, largely thanks to its striking appearance and unusual pattern of growth.
The Calathea makoyana has large, oval leaves that grow on long stems. These leaves are green on the top side and reddish-purple on the underside. The plant is especially known for its brightly coloured and striking patterns on its leaves, which remind one of the feathers of a peacock. The flowers of the Calathea makoyana are white with purple accents and grow directly from the plant's stalks, usually in late spring or early summer.
The Calathea makoyana flourishes best in indirect light and cannot tolerate direct sunlight. The plant needs high humidity, similar to its original tropical environment, so regular spraying is advisable. It is important that the soil of the Calathea makoyana stays moist, however without the plant sitting in water. The plant has a preference for a nutritious soil type, and it is recommended to fertilise it regularly during the growing period.