(Calathea, Silhouette Calathea)
Plants of genus Calathea have beautiful leaves. There are about 300 species all native to the warm moist forested regions of the tropical Americas. Commonly known as peacock plants, these are among some of the most popular tropical house plants grown.
Calathea are tender herbaceous perennials that grow from fibrous or tuberous roots. Most form clumps and slowly spread from the tubers or rhizomes (lateral underground stems). The foliage of most rise from a central rosette but...
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(Lance-leaved Prayer Plant, Rattlesnake Plant)
The large, slender, wavy-edged leaves of lance-leaved prayer plant have beautiful spotted markings on top and satiny burgundy undersides. This Brazilian rain forest native thrives in warm, moist forested regions. It is a popular tropical landscape and house plant grown exclusively for its showy foliage. It may also be sold under the former name, Calathea insignis.
This tender herbaceous perennial forms clumps of foliage that slowly spread over time. The foliage rises from a central...
Chilean in origin, pocketbook flower produces perfect bulb-pouched yellow flowers dotted and streaked with maroon. The moderately cold-tolerant plant naturally inhabits moist, cool uplands with full to partial sun. In the garden, it is best grown as a bedding annual for containers and border edges. This species is parent to many Calceolaria hybrids cultivated today.
The simple green leaves of pocketbook flower are bright green and can remain semi-evergreen where winters are mild and...