Calathea rufibarba has recently been reclassified - it is now known as Goeppertia rufibarba. This tender, evergreen perennial is frequently grown as a houseplant because of its long, arching foliage. It forms clumps of narrow, lance-shaped, green leaves with purple undersides. The leaves have scalloped edges and fine hairs across their surface, giving a velvety texture which is soft to touch. Yellow blossoms are produced from the base of the plant. Common as a houseplant, the species requires warm temperatures, shade, and humidity to thrive, and may produce small yellow flowers.