Selaginella species10 February
Calathea (Peacock Plant or Zebra Plant): Calathea is a genus in the Marantaceae family. You may recognize the leaves of the Calathea as they are often grown indoors as potted house plants. Calathea are commonly referred to as zebra or peacock plants because of their unique leaf markings which sport intricate stripes and patterns and can appear painted or fake at first glance. The flowers of Calathea often go unnoticed as the leaves are so eye catching.
There are several dozen species in this genus which are native to South America and grow as an understory plant in the rainforest. As you walk the Garden you will notice dozens of different Calathea species and hybrids along the paths. The Garden has one of the largest collections of Calathea’s on public display.