- Common Name(s):
- Chinese evergreen
- Perennials, Poisonous Plants
Herbaceous perennial commonly grown as a houseplant. It resembles dumb cane (Dieffenbachia). It has eliptic dark green lance-shapted leaves that reach 4-8" long and 2-3" wide. Attractive sliver-gray blotches appear on upright stems. Blooms rarely as a houseplant in the late summer or early fall with a white spadix with green spathe. Red clusters of berries follow the blooms. Does well in in diffuse sun or good indirect light. Prefers high humidity but will tolerate dryer air. Keep the potting mix moist from spring to fall. Does not require a winter dormacy period but prefers a reduction in watering during the winter.
There are serious disease or insect problems but watch for aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, or scale. Root rots can occur with over-watering. Leaves may turn brown in very dry air or drafty location.
- 1.00 to 1.50 feet
- Philippines, northeastern Celebes
NCCES plant id: 2895