Calathea "Peacock"

Latin name

Calathea veitchiana “Medallion”


(“kal-ah-THEE-ah vee-tchee-AH-nah”)

Common name

Peacock Plant



How easy is it care for?

Calathea Peacock plant, or Calathea veitchiana “Medallion”, is a small, strikingly beautiful herbaceous plant species from the forest floors of Ecuador. The patterned leaves are held on slender stalks and have a deep maroon undersides. There are many species of Calathea (although some have been recently reclassified as Goeppertia) and almost all of them have strikingly patterned foliage. It is thought that in the dappled light of the forest floor, the patterns help camouflage the plants to make them harder to see by plant-eating animals. All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant


Low to low-medium. Keep out of direct sunlight.


Keep moist, but not wet.


Remove dead or damaged leaves by cutting off at the base of the stem.


Add a weak fertilizer dose to water every time you water the plant.

Pest & Diseases

Mealybugs are an occasional problem. Two-spotted spider mite can do considerable damage if the plant is kept too dry. Regular misting with tepid water will deter two-spotted mites.

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CM22 6AA

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