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Peacock Plant (Calathea)

Calathea roseopicta

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  • Approximate Size: 4" to 6" W 7" to 11" H

When it comes to showmanship, you can't go wrong with peacock plants. Watermelon colors of dark red on the bottom and variegated green and yellow on the top make their foliage stand out. Officially called Calathea Medallion Roseopicta, these Brazilian beauties have earned the nickname 'prayer plants'. This is because they raise and lower their leaves throughout the day as if they're worshipping. A medium-care plant, they thrive in humid environments.

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Calathea Peacock Plant Care & Buying Guide

Peacock Plant (Calathea)

Peacock Plant: Overview

The Peacock Plant, scientifically known as Calathea roseopicta, is a stunning tropical plant cherished for its vibrant and intricately patterned leaves. Belonging to the Marantaceae family, this plant hails from the rainforests of South America, particularly in Brazil and Colombia. Its distinctive foliage features green, purple, and pink hues, with intricate patterns that resemble the feathers of a peacock, hence its common name.

Calathea roseopicta is primarily cultivated as a houseplant due to its preference for indirect light and consistently moist soil. While it thrives in humid conditions, it can adapt well to typical indoor environments with proper care. This plant is not sun-loving and is best suited for locations with low to moderate light levels. In addition, the Peacock plant requires attention to watering and humidity levels, making it moderately easy to care for. 

It’s essential to note that while the Peacock plant enhances indoor aesthetics, it is also a great plant choice for patios and balconies in warmer regions. It’s a pet-safe plant, suitable for households with furry companions.

Another popular Peacock plant variety within the Calathea genus is the Calathea Cathedral Windows (Calathea makoyana), which shares similar care requirements and features striking leaf patterns reminiscent of stained glass windows.  

Peacock Plant: Benefits

  • Strong air-purifying properties, enhancing indoor air quality
  • Acts as a natural humidifier, increasing moisture levels in the surrounding environment
  • Symbolizes new beginnings and growth, making it a perfect addition to spaces where positive energy is desired
  • Adds aesthetic value with its vibrant and intricately patterned leaves, creating a visually pleasing atmosphere
  • It helps reduce stress and promotes relaxation, making it suitable for bedrooms and office spaces

Calathea Roseopicta: Alternative Names

  • Rose-Painted Calathea
  • Rose-Painted Prayer Plant
  • Malathea Medallion
  • Peacock Plant
  • Prayer Plant

Peacock Plant: Care Guide

The Peacock Plant is moderately easy to care for, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced plant enthusiasts alike.

Watering and Light

Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot. Place the plant in bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.

Temperature and Humidity

Maintain temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C). Protect the plant from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations. Peacock plants thrive in high humidity. Mist the leaves regularly or use a humidifier to maintain humidity levels above 50%.

Soil, Repotting, and Feeding

Plant in well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Repot annually in spring if the plant has outgrown its current pot. Fertilize monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength. 

Propagation, Pruning, and Cleaning

Propagate your Peacock Prayer plant through division during repotting or by taking stem cuttings. Ensure each division or cutting has several leaves and healthy roots. Remove yellowing or damaged leaves regularly to maintain plant health and appearance. Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to keep them clean and dust-free. 

Common Issues

Watch out for leaf curling, browning edges, or drooping leaves, which can indicate underwatering, overwatering, or low humidity. Pests, such as spider mites and aphids, may occasionally infest the plant and require treatment with insecticidal soap. 

Peacock Plant: Placement, Companion & Alternative Plants

When considering the placement of your Calathea Peacock plant, consider its preferences for indirect sunlight and high humidity. Additionally, pairing it with suitable companion plants can enhance its aesthetic appeal and create a harmonious indoor environment. 

Best Locations & Uses

  • Ideal for bedrooms due to its air-purifying properties and calming presence
  • It makes a thoughtful gift symbolizing new beginnings and fresh starts
  • Perfect for plant lovers with pets, as it's non-toxic and safe around animals
  • Thrives in areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens
  • Suitable for warmer climates when grown as a porch or patio plant, adding a touch of tropical elegance

Companion Plants

Enhance the beauty of your Peacock Calathea with these complementary companions.

  • Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides): Known for its round, coin-shaped leaves, the Chinese Money Plant complements the peacock plant's vibrant foliage, adding a touch of greenery to your space.
  • Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus): With its lush, wavy fronds, the Bird's Nest Fern creates a harmonious contrast to the peacock plant's patterned leaves, while thriving in similar light conditions.
  • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): The arching foliage of the Spider Plant complements the peacock plant's upright growth, creating an appealing visual balance in your indoor garden.

Alternative Plants

Explore these alternative plants that offer similar beauty and care requirements to Peacock Plants. 

  • Maranta Leuconeura (Maranta leuconeura ‘Maranta Green’): Known for its striking foliage patterns, the Maranta Leuconeura shares the peacock plant's preference for indirect light and regular watering, making it a perfect choice for pet-friendly households.
  • Rattlesnake Plant (Goeppertia lancifolia): With its unique leaf markings resembling a rattlesnake's skin, the Calathea Rattlesnake requires similar care to the peacock plant and adds a touch of tropical elegance to any space.
  • Black Raven ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Black Raven’): Renowned for its resilience, air-purifying properties, and easy-care needs,  the Black Raven ZZ plant is one of the most sought-after varieties thanks to its striking blackish-purple leaves.

Get a Stunning Peacock Plant for Your Indoor Garden

Elevate your indoor jungle with the vibrant allure of a Peacock Plant. Dive into a world of lush foliage and captivating beauty, and let its mesmerizing charm flourish in your space!

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  • MM
    Mary m.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Where is your new plant living? Kitchen
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    1 month ago
    Looks big healthy lovely- thank you

    PS who ever delivered the plant..

    Negative / plant was out of pot dis shuffled

  • C
    Chris
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    I recommend this product
    What is your plant experience? Intermediate
    Where is your new plant living? Living Room
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    9 months ago
    Absolutely Gorgeous

    Absolutely gorgeous and delivery was fast and perfect!

  • JS
    Jill S.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Love my plant!

    My plant came beautifully packaged. No damage and extremely healthy. It's so pretty!

  • AH
    Amanda H.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Lovely plant

    Got this as a gift for a friend and it arrived quickly and was well maintained!! The plant looked very well taken care of and my friend loved it! Would recommend

  • DK
    D K.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    Beautiful!

    I love the colors and design on the leaves.

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