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Calathea picturata - Sleeping Peacock Plant

Calathea picturata - Sleeping Peacock Plant  (Calathea picturata - Peacock Plant)

My Peacock plant is closed and sleeping for the night in my
front yard. I have several clumps throughout the yard. Photo
taken during night on Dec. 19, 2009 for my GoY friend Bernieh
in Australia.

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This looks great here, these are another plant that's seen over here as a house plant .... usually a sad looking specimen in someone's lounge :-/

20 Dec, 2009



Thanks! I think this plant is quite small considering it's been in the ground for more than 2 years. : > )

20 Dec, 2009


Ah ... found it! Mine were slow in the ground too Andy ... the ones I have now are in pots and they tend to grow a little faster ... not sure why!

20 Dec, 2009



My plants actually grows pretty quickly putting out many leaves a year...however, they don't get very large. I think the reason is -- the intense competition of roots in this area. The Jacaranda tree shades this area and the pigmy date palm is next to this plant as you can see which has a huge root system. Not a good combination in shallow, rocky soil.

20 Dec, 2009


Thats a new one. I do have Stromanthe tri color and one other "prayer" plant that was always for sale like 15 years ago,and now I never see it. "C. Lubbersiana" something,something-ha. I can post that one later.

20 Jan, 2023



I think this plant was Stromanthe not Calathea. I know they’re in the same family, though. I really like it. I should’ve dug it up during the drought. 😞

I think I want to plant Stromanthe’Triostar’. It has beautiful variegated leaves!

20 Jan, 2023


They do..but look for light shade for them. Just a little too much shade and they sort of revert to mainly green leaves. In part sun,they keep all the cream and red streaks. In that kind of light they send up tall stems and beautiful red blooms. Tricky to do it outdoors compared to a greenhouse or big sunny window.

21 Jan, 2023


Here in SD it would need more shade. It gets extremely hot here, especially in late summer and fall. I have to be careful even with my plumerias in late summer and fall. They will burn to a crisp.

25 Jan, 2023

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