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Calathea zebrina

Zebra plant

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height0.65m to 1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourDark-light green brown
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Calathea zebrina (Zebra plant). This is a vigorous species; it will grow in broad clumps of crowded stems. The leaves are large, velvety, deep green leaves which are marked by parallel stripes; the leaves turn yellowish in the winter. The flowers are produced in the spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen

Interest and use

Mainly grown as a houseplant in temperate regions and for its foliage

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, with a min of 15C. They will prefer a shaded, humid position in humus-rich well drained soil. Needs a position without fluctuations of temperature.

Propagation

You can propagate by division in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, red spider mites and mealy bugs.

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