About Chinese Evergreen
Chinese evergreen is a slow-growing plant with leathery, variegated leaves that come in shades of green and white or silver. It is a popular houseplant known for its air-purifying properties and low-maintenance growing conditions.
This plant is not a conifer despite the word ‘evergreen’ in its name. It’s a tropical perennial related to the peace lily and native to the Philippines.
It’s important to note that Chinese evergreens are toxic to pets and people if ingested. This is not a pet-friendly houseplant.
Chinese evergreen is from the genus Aglaonema. The Chinese evergreen plant is a member of the Araceae family of flowering plants, which includes the peace lily.
The Chinese evergreen is a herbaceous perennial. These plants have non-woody stems and die back to the ground in winter or during a drought. They typically grow back from their roots or underground storage structures in the spring or after sufficient rain.
Although its name would suggest it is Chinese, it is native to the Philippines and northeastern Celebes (an island of Indonesia).
Chinese evergreens are variegated foliage plants. The plant typically has dark green, glossy leaves with lighter green or silver markings.
Their leaves are oblong to elliptical in shape and attached to the central stems in a rosette pattern.
Chinese evergreens are slow-growers and produce small, insignificant flowers but are primarily grown for their attractive foliage.
Types Of Chinese evergreens
The Chinese evergreen has many different cultivars available, each with a unique foliage coloration and pattern. Some common ones include:
Aglaonema “Silver Queen” – This cultivar has bright green leaves with silver markings.
Aglaonema “Siam Aurora” – This cultivar has green leaves with bright pink and red markings.
Aglaonema “Maria” – This cultivar has green leaves with creamy white markings.
Aglaonema “Crete” – This cultivar has dark green leaves with light green markings.
Aglaonema “Emerald Beauty” – This cultivar has green leaves with a creamy white edge.
Aglaonema “Stripes” – This cultivar has green leaves with bright yellow stripes.
Aglaonema “Pink Dalmatian” – This cultivar has green leaves with bright pink spots.
Aglaonema “Silver Bay” – This variety has broad green leaves with darker green edges and mint green middles.
Chinese Evergreen Styling
The Chinese evergreen is a versatile plant that can be used in various ways to add color and texture to a room. Some popular styling options for this plant include:
Used as a tabletop centerpiece in a living room, office, or bedroom.
Planted in clusters in a large container to create an eye-catching entryway or window display.
Used to add greenery to a corner or large open space.
Grown in a hanging basket or wall planter to create a vertical display.
Combined with other tropical plants in a decorative container to create a mixed planting display.