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Swallow Tail, Butterfly Plant (Green)

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Please note that planters and plastic grow pots are subject to small deviations in size of 1-2cm. Our dimensions and size guides are based on expected sizes but the actual dimensions of the product you receive may vary slightly.

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We're unable to accept returns or exchanges of plants so please check carefully before you place your order. 


Returns & exchanges of non-plants items will be reviewed on a case by case basis, and are not applicable during promotions and sales.

Please check the product descriptions for detailed information on dimensions and material, and contact us via live chat or email before you place your order for any clarifications, as our returns & exchange policy only applies to damaged/defective items.


If your item arrives damaged or faulty please contact us immediately, stating your order number and providing photos of the damage or fault. Once we have looked into your query, we will be in touch with you regarding next steps.


Image Originated in Asian tropics
Image Best under moderate indirect light, partial sun
Image About once a week, allow top 3-4 inches of soil to dry out between waterings
Image Easy to care, drought tolerant
Image Toxic if ingested, best practice is to keep out of reach of kids and pets


Plant height/length:  Around 30-40cm.

Pot size:  15cm plastic grow pot.

Can be purchased in plastic grow pot, or repotted in a simple 16cm terracotta pot (reference image provided)


Swallow Tail, Butterfly Plant is a wonderful and unique plant that is sure to grab attention. Christia gets its common name from its triangular-shaped foliage with green and burgundy striping similar to the veins of a bird’s feather, such as a “Swallowtail”. Also known as “Butterfly Plant” because the overall leaf shape resembles a butterfly’s wing.

It is native of the Asian tropics where it would grow in grasslands, waste grounds, and thickets. If you are familiar with other plants with butterfly-shaped leaves like the Red Butterfly Wing (Christia vespertilionis) or Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis) you will be delighted with the fluttering patterned foliage C. obcordata, which have vivid greens, deep maroons, and even yellow.

Water this houseplant moderately when the top of the soil is fully dry. As it grows in drier areas, this plant will grow best a mineral substrate mix, such as cactus / succulent soil. 

Important to know: As plants are natural products, form, pattern and colour will vary. 


All of our plants come with a QR code to a care guide so you or the recipient of your gift will have at your fingertips what you need to know to keep the plants beautiful. 

If you want more information about this plant before you buy check out our Plant Glossary.

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