Calathea plants, native to tropical South and Central America, Africa, and the West Indies, are grown primarily for their beautiful, brightly colored, upright, oval leaves. There are over 300 different types of Calathea plants.
Many Calathea plants are man-made hybrids created by tissue cultures. The various varieties have leaves with a purple undersides and various vibrant colorful patterns on the top side. Indoors, a Calathea is a table plant or short bush that rarely gets bigger than 24” tall and 24”-26” wide. A Calathea, with its exotic foliage, is difficult to care for, but like many other fussy plants, well worth the effort.