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Calathea lancifolia

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Hey, my name’s Freddie the Calathea Lancifolia. Yes I know I’m absolutely stunning. I have all the usual beauty that comes with being part of the Calathea family but with a twist. I have long and slender leaves - unlike the usual shape of your typical Calathea. My foliage has shimmer and shine that's just dying to be placed as a dining table centerpiece.

Although some call me the Calathea rattlesnake, don't let my name put you off, I won’t bite. I’m part of the prayer plant family and can be found in the tropics of South America. I really enjoy a shady spot. I will object to a cold or chilly room as I prefer temperatures over 20°C. I’m best kept away from open windows as it could cause my leaves to curl. In my natural habitat I thrive under the shadows of larger trees and love high levels of moisture on my leaves. To keep me looking my best place me near a humidifier or in a steamy warm bathroom.

I’m a cool and funky plant that’s ready to draw in the attention of your friends and family. Don’t worry if your home is on the shadier side, that will suit me just fine.

Small Height (including nursery pot) 30-35cm; pot diameter 12cm.

Medium Height (including nursery pot) 40-50cm; pot diameter 14cm.

Big Height (including nursery pot) 65-75cm; pot diameter 19cm.


In early spring the Calathea rattlesnake will bloom big bright yellow flowers. These can be encouraged by placing Freddie in a humid room.

Freddie is bouncing with pepp and vibrance. There is no doubt his foliage will go unnoticed by those passing by.


Freddie likes a shady spot, high humidity and regular watering.


I do prefer medium light, bright light will scorch my leaves and will cause my variegation to fade.


Check my soil every week and only water if the first inch of soil is dry. I don’t like my soil to dry out too much.


The more humidity the better! Place me close to a humidifier or in a bathroom.


You can use a diluted fertiliser once a month in the growing season, I don’t need any fertiliser in the winter.





The best room is a humid shady spot where Freddie can enjoy high levels of humidity like a bathroom or near a humidifier in the living room.






How do you care for a Calathea?

Freddie has simply gorgeous foliage. He will grow plenty of new leaves over the spring and summer months.

Keep Freddie’s soil on the moist side and never let his soil get too dry. If his soil dries out you will notice Freddie start to droop. He loves high levels of humidity and needs to be placed near a humidifier. Misting your Calathea will not be enough to keep the humidity levels consistently high.

If possible use filtered or rain water to help keep Freddie’s foliage brown and crispy free. Tap water could cause Freddies foliage to crisp up and damage his sensitive root system.

Why is my Calathea turning brown?

Calatheas adore humidity and very often will turn brown or become very crispy when they’re in a dry environment. To increase humidity use a humidifier or place them in a bathroom. Check out our 7 ways to help increase humidity in your home to help prevent crispy leaves.

It’s also good practise to use filtered or rain water as Freddie has sensitive roots and can crisp up when watered with tap water that contains many harsh chemicals.

How often should you water a Calathea?

Water Freddie whenever the first/second inch of soil starts to dry. Freddie prefers his soil on the moist side and will need watering up to twice a week in the summer months. When the weather is cooler, reduce how often you water. He will let you know when he needs watering by drooping his foliage a little.


Freddie’s foliage will be a small trip to the tropics every time you look at him. He’s the ideal size to be used as an ornamental piece. Use his brightly coloured foliage to decorate a shady room.

Use our striking Guard crystal to protect Freddie’s colourful foliage or relax and unwind with the grounding candle.


We use a next day delivery service with one of our trusted couriers. Please allow a little bit of packing time. During COVID and busy times this can be up to 5 days.


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If you have received a damaged plant or within 30 days you have any trouble after following our care guidance we will offer you a replacement.


Our goal is to plant 1 million trees by 2025 to help save our environment.


We individually package our plants with recyclable materials to ensure you receive the highest quality plants. Every plant leaves us with a Pointless Plants quality assured sticker, this means we have checked the plant and it meets our very high standards. ** Please note some plants will contain plastic around them which have been added by growers to protect their delicate leaves. We do our best not add single use plastic to our orders

We send our plants using a next day delivery trusted courier service which will give you shipping updates and the opportunity to rearrange delivery. We do leave a delivery instruction to leave box in a safe place as a quick delivery ensures quality of our plants are maintained. This should also avoid having to reschedule missed deliveries.

99% of the time our plants are delivered safely. Occasionally plants may arrive a little bit damaged. In this case send us a picture within 72hours and we will be more than happy to replace them.

We ship using a next day delivery but, sometimes we need a 3-7day period to process your order. This is because demand fluctuates, we may need extra packing time or plants availability has changed at the last minute. We try our best to make delivery as quick as possible and we are working very hard on reducing our dispatch time.


Returns & Refunds

If you receive your plants and they are damaged from delivery, we will happily replace them. Just send us a picture within 72 hours of receiving them.

We accept returns on pots, accessories, crystals and candles. Unfortunately, we do not accept returns on our plants. If you’re not 100% happy please contact us at​ ​and we will find a solution you are happy with. The return shipping will be at the customers own expense.

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Who Are Pointless Plants?

What makes you different from other plant companies?

We don’t see ourselves as a business. Our mission is to make the world a happier, better and greener place. We think delivering houseplants is a good start.


Do you really plant 10 trees for every order?

Yes, we have an API installed on our website which automatically plants trees with Ecologi when an order is made. Our slogan is ‘Create a Jungle’ and we are on a mission to make the world a greener place. We are always looking to do more and when we get the chance to travel, we’re hoping to see our impact first hand. Sometimes we save our trees for a big project where we can help first hand. This isn't just about short term carbon offsetting. This is about long term biodiversity, rebuilding and conserving our planet!




What changes have you made for a safer delivery?

Delivering your plants to you is our top priority. We have implemented social distancing in our office and our team is working from home whenever possible. Our postage carrier has also implicated contact free delivery.



Plant care

Do you have any information on caring for my plant?

Yes we do! On each individual plant page we have a summary of how to look after each specific plant. We will tell you about watering, light and humidity. This will help to get you started.

We also have specific plant care documents on our website. CLICK HERE


Do you have any plants that will purify my home?

Absolutely, many houseplants not only look great but are also busy at work making the air in your home as clean as possible. Check out our ‘Air Purifying Machines’.


Can I put my plant in a room with no windows?

While some plants thrive in lower light conditions, all plants need some light to survive. Check out our top 5 best shade loving plants. (Snake plant, ZZ Plant, Palm, Cast Iron Plant, Peace Lily)


Do you have any plants for my office?

Yes, we’d love to brighten up your work space. Check out our office plants HERE.


I’m a complete plant beginner. Which plants are right for me?

We were all beginners once. We have so many low maintenance plants to choose from which are perfect for beginners. Check out our ‘Pretty hard to kill plants’ 


I think my plant is dying! Help!

We’re here to help. Send us an email ​​ or WhatsApp us on 07308953372 and we can help assist you further.

The most common reason for dying plants is overwatering. If your plant is turning yellow, this is due to overwatering. Always feel the soil of your houseplant before you water to make sure it is dry.


Are your plants pet safe?

This does vary depending on the plant. We have an entire section on pet safe plants. We want to make sure the furry members of your family are safe. Find our range of pet safe houseplants HERE.




Can I cancel or edit my order?

Yes, for most orders we can edit or cancel them, provided your order has not already been dispatched from our warehouse. This could range from 1-6 days and will depend on stock availability.

Email us at hello@pointlessplants.comor WhatsApp us on07308953372​ ​and we will work out the best course of action for you and your new plants.


Is there a minimum spend?

No. You are free to order as much or as little as you like. 


I’m not happy with my plants. What are my next steps?

We’re sorry to hear this! Send us pictures of the problem on any form of social media, email ( or WhatsApp (07308953372). We will base each case specifically on the individual situation.

We will try our best to rectify the problem and leave you with a solution you are happy with.


Does my plant arrive already potted?

All our plants arrive potted in a plastic nursery pot. Some of our plants arrive in decorative pots. This will be clearly stated on the plant’s specific page as to whether the decorative pot is included or not.


Do you offer a gift note option?

If you have any special requests, we’d love to hear from you. Our website does have a 'Add a gift note' section. Send us an email on hello@pointlessplants.comor message on our WhatsApp 07308953372​ if you need anymore help.




Can I pick my delivery date?

At this time we do not have an option for picking an exact date. If you’re in need of your order to arrive on a particular date, please email us at hello@pointlessplants.comand we will do our best to get your plants to you as soon as we can.


How will my delivery be tracked?

Your order will be delivered to you through DHL shipping. You will receive a link from DHL shipping where you can rearrange delivery and pick a safe space. On the morning of delivery, you will receive a 1 hour delivery time slot. If you wish to receive notifications by text please enter your phone number at checkout.


How long will delivery take? 

On most orders we have next day delivery. If you live in Belfast or Scotland this could take up to 48 hours. Depending on stock availability please allow up to 7 days. Please email us at hello@pointlessplants.comif you have any further questions on when to expect your order.


What is the price for delivery?

Delivery is £3.95 for next day and £8.99 for Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Scottish Islands. This could vary due to dispatch time. 


How are you environmentally friendly?

We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible. All our packaging is made from recycled materials and can be recycled further. Please recycle our packaging if possible.




Do you accept returns?

We accept returns on pots, accessories, crystals and candles. Unfortunately, we do not accept returns on our plants. If you’re not 100% happy please contact us at​ ​and we will find a solution you are happy with. The return shipping will be at the customers own expense.


What is your refund policy?

We will treat each situation individually and work out the best solution for you. Please contact us on WhatsApp 07308953372or email at and we can assist further.