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Calathea Peacock Plant

Goeppertia makoyana

Also known as

Cathedral Windows, Brain Plant, Prayer Plant, Peacock Plant

Calathea makoyana 1 by Stickpen (CC0)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of some Goeppertia makoyana leaves
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Calathea Peacock Plant Overview

Calathea makoyana has recently been reclassified, it is now known as Goeppertia makoyana. This tender, evergreen perennial plant from the Marantaceae family is frequently chosen for an attractive foliage houseplant. Also known by the common names Calathea Peacock Plant, Peacock Plant and Prayer Plant, amongst others. It typically grows to around 50cm tall and it is best propagated through division. It forms clumps of broadly ovate, pale green leaves with patterns of dark green blotches, veining, margins and these leaves have red-purple undersides. The common name Prayer Plant comes from their habit of raising and lowering their leaves over the course of a day. Grow in partial shade, in moist, well-draining soil. This plant enjoys humidity, originating from Brazil. It grows well in rooms that generate lots of steam such as bathrooms or kitchens. You can also group plants together to increase humidity, or place it on a pebble tray. Occasionally produces small purple or white flowers which are arranged in spikes, but this infrequently occurs when grown indoors as a houseplant.

Common problems with Calathea Peacock Plant

Generally disease-free.

How to propagate Calathea Peacock Plant


Special features of Calathea Peacock Plant

Attractive leaves

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Other uses of Calathea Peacock Plant

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

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