Aglaonema varieties: the most beautiful at a glance

The variety of color and pattern combinations i Aglaonema plants are impressive. With his shade tolerance, Aglaonema varieties can also add color to darker homes.

There are many Aglaonema varieties to choose from [Photo: Shoutloud/]

To decide on suitable Chinese wintergreen (Aglaonema) a little easier, we have compiled a selection of the most beautiful species and varieties. The shade-tolerant plant comes in many patterns and colors. Whether one Aglaomena in green, pink, red or polka dots, there is something here for everyone.

Aglaonema species: how many are there?

The plant genus Aglaonema belonging to the Arum family includes 22 different species. They differ mainly in the presence, size and pattern of the leaves, and the varieties usually come in different colors. However, the pattern can also vary between varieties and can vary in intensity. The Aglaonema varieties listed here can all be kept as houseplants. As the plants are indigenous to Southeast Asia, cultivation in the garden or on the balcony is not possible here. In the trade, species hybrids are mostly offered, i.e. crosses from two different species.

Aglaonema varieties with a high proportion of white need a little more light than others [Photo: Puspa warna/]

The most beautiful Aglaonema varieties at a glance

Anyone who wants to keep a Chinese evergreen plant as a houseplant is first faced with an incredibly large selection of different varieties and species of Aglaonema. To make the decision a little easier, we briefly present the most beautiful variants here.

Tip: Often, the nutrients in the supplied substrate are used up quickly by potted plants, partly because they are so often found in rather small pots. Therefore, if possible, the plants should be replanted immediately after purchase in a high-quality substrate.

Aglaonema pictum

Aglaonema picture grows naturally in Sumatra and Borneo. There, the plant grows on the ground as an upright bush and forms decorative leaves that are 10-20 cm long. The dark green leaves have a light greenish variation.

Aglaomena pictum ‘Tricolor’ has a very unique leaf pattern [Photo: Ambia maulana aditia/]
  • Aglaonema pictum ‘Tricolor’: This is probably the best known variety of this species of Chinese evergreen. Silver-white and light green spots litter the dark green leaves, creating a camouflage-like pattern.
  • Aglaonema pictum ‘Two Color’: As you can guess from the name, this variety looks like “Tricolor”, with the pattern consisting of only two colors.

Aglaonema commutatum

Native to the Philippines, the poison dart plant or Aglaonema commutatum available in many varieties as a houseplant. In nature, the plant, which grows up to 50 cm high, forms many green leaves with gray spots. This species requires a little more light compared to other Chinese evergreens, so it should not be too far from the nearest window.

Red leaves with green edges are characteristic of Aglaonema commutatum ‘Red Star’ [Photo: Parijatplant/]
  • Aglaonema commutatum ‘Red Zircon’: The leaves of this variety are green on the edges and decorated with a pink, mottled pattern in the center.
  • Aglaonema commutatum “Silver Bay”: With this variety, the green leaves are silvery in the middle. Towards the outside, the silver flows into the green base colour.
  • Aglaonema commutatum ‘Mary’: The variety ‘Maria’ has dark green leaves interspersed with a stripe-like, silvery pattern. This variety can handle a little less light than the original species.
  • Aglaonema commutatum ‘Albovarie Street’: In this variety, the stem and stem of the plant are colored white.
  • Aglaonema commutatum ‘Red Star’: The red leaves with the green edge make this variety a real eye-catcher.

Aglaonema crispum

The so-called painted drip tongue is also known as Aglaonema roebelinii. It forms fairly large leaves about 30 cm long and also becomes a large bush in the wild, over a meter tall. The leaves are bright silvery and interspersed with green patterns. This species is also suitable for particularly dark corners of the room.

  • Aglaonema crispum ‘Deborah’: The leaves of this variety are almost whitish light green, with leaf veins trailing in dark green.

Aglaonmea nitidum

Aglaonema nitidum grows quite slowly, but after a while can reach heights of 90 cm. It is found in Borneo, Sumatra and Burma.

The variety Aglaonema nitidum ‘Ernesto’s Favorite’ has two-coloured foliage [Photo: Cheng Wei/]
  • Aglaonema nitidum ‘Cortisii’: In this variety, the green leaves have silver edges.
  • Aglaonema nitidum ‘Super Green’: Here the leaves have no markings at all, but are a solid, glossy green.
  • Aglaonema nitidum “Ernesto’s Favorite”: The leaves of this variety are green with a broad, silvery stripe down the midrib.

Aglaonema costatum

This species is quite low-growing and forms many leaves that are close together. The leaves are green with a white midrib. The light requirement is quite low, so the species is also suitable for slightly darker areas in the room.

Depending on the variety, Aglaonema costatum may also have white spots [Photo: Satria Arissandy/]
  • Aglaonema costatum ‘Foxii’: In this variety, the dark green leaves have a pale midrib and white spots.

Aglaonema modestum

Unlike the other species, Aglaonema modestum does not form patterned leaves, but is naturally solid green. A place with some light is absolutely sufficient for the shiny green leaves to develop magnificently. Too much light or even direct sunlight has a negative effect on leaf color.

Common green Aglaonema varieties prefer to be somewhere a little darker [Photo: Passakorn Stamp/]
  • Aglaonema modestum ‘Spilled milk’: Where this variety got its name is obvious at first glance. With the large white spots on the green leaves, it looks like a glass of milk has been spilled on the Chinese Evergreens.

Like Chinese evergreens, snake plants can do well in places with less light. In our articles, we show you how to plant and care for snake plants.

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