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AGLAONEMA modestum

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Family

Araceae

Botanical Name

AGLAONEMA modestum

Plant Common Name

Chinese Evergreen

General Description

Chinese evergreen is a small, upright, evergreen perennial native from South China to North Thailand. It is grown for its attractive, lance-like, glossy dark green leaves with wavy margins. Displays insignificant greenish white spathe and spadix flowers appear sporadically throughout the year.

This plant prefers well drained soils and is tolerant of very low light conditions. In temperate regions it may be planted as a tropical tender perennial and makes a lovely houseplant. Where hardy, it makes a fine landscape or container plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    14 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southern Asia, Southeastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Foundation, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No