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Calathea crotalifera, Rattlesnake Plant, Rattle Shaker, Rattlesnake Ginger, Yellow Rattleshaker

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 Calathea crotalifera
Family: Marantaceae
Rattlesnake Plant, Rattle Shaker, Rattlesnake Ginger, Yellow Rattleshaker
Origin: Central and South America
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowers

The unusual inflorescences are upright, shaped like a rattlesnake's rattle, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long, and consist of stacked leathery floral bracts with small, yellow or yellow-orange flowers peeking out at the edges. The relatively inconspicuous actual flowers are tubular and have 3 unequal lobes.


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 Calathea crotalifera, Rattlesnake Plant, Rattle Shaker, Rattlesnake Ginger, Yellow Rattleshaker

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Calathea crotalifera, Rattlesnake Plant, Rattle Shaker, Rattlesnake Ginger, Yellow Rattleshaker

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Calathea crotalifera, Rattlesnake Plant, Rattle Shaker, Rattlesnake Ginger, Yellow Rattleshaker

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Calathea crotalifera, Rattlesnake Plant, Rattle Shaker, Rattlesnake Ginger, Yellow Rattleshaker

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Calathea crotalifera, Rattlesnake Plant, Rattle Shaker, Rattlesnake Ginger, Yellow Rattleshaker

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Exotic Rattlesnake, Rattleshaker, rare exotic variety. Named because of its rattlesnake's rattler shaped bract. This calathea has interwoven bracts 5" to 10" long and 2" to 3" wide and is adorned with small white flowers that peek out throughout the bracts. The bracts appear midway on short stout stalks hidden amongst the lush green ribbed foliage 2' to 3' long and 1' wide, somewhat like banana leaves with a very intricate pattern! Semi-hardy. Height to 6', heavily pleated paddle-like leaves tower over it's spectacular inflorescences.
The flowers are followed by 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) long, egg-shaped seed capsules containing dark blue seeds surrounded with white flesh. The leaves are large, dark green above with paler green along the midrib, grayish green with often purplish margins below, ovate in shape, and pinnately-veined with parallel lateral veins. Easy to grow from seeds. It makes an excellent landscape plant . Does best in semi-shade.
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