Being an evergreen plant native to the tropics of South America, it is found in many countries with a tropical climate, such as Thailand. In nature, the Decorated calatea stretches up to 60-65 cm in height and diameter, in room conditions up to 50-55 cm. The leaves of all varieties are dense, glossy, oval in shape with pointed tips. They grow on thin long petioles, reaching 12-20 cm in length and 9-12 cm in width. The main highlight of the plant is the unique coloring of the leaves: light groups of thin stripes on a dark emerald background. The stripes diverge symmetrically from the thick central vein. Their initially pink color becomes white as the plant matures. The inner side of the leaves is red-purple.
The variety Calathea Sanderiana ornata differs from the parent species in a more juicy color and a more rounded shape of the leaf plates.