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STROMANTHE sanguinea 'Triostar'

Image of Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar'

James H. Schutte

Family

Marantaceae

Botanical Name

STROMANTHE sanguinea 'Triostar'

Plant Common Name

Caetê-bravo, Stromanthe

General Description

Grown for its colorful leaves, Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’, also known as 'Tricolor', is a member of the prayer plant family. It is a cultivated selection of a species native to the rain forests of Brazil. It is a tropical evergreen perennial that slowly spreads to form clumps.

Its dark green leaves are variegated with white and cream, backed with hot pink and arise from thick rhizomes (underground stems). They are oblong to lance-shaped and track the sun, or avoid it, during the day. At night, they fold together like praying hands. Flowers are produced in tight, pendulous clusters atop long, leafy stems that stand above the foliage. They are pink and surrounded by tubular red-orange bracts (petal-like leaves).

These tropical plants are grown outside only in the warmest, most humid locations. They prefer filtered light and rich, evenly moist, organic soil with good drainage. A hint of dry air, very cool temperatures or drought can cause the leaves to drop or turn brown. Cool wet winter conditions favor the development of root and stem rot. As interior plants these tropicals grow best in humidified rooms or on moist pebble trays. Allow their soil to dry slightly on the surface before watering again. Evenly moist, not wet, soil is best.

Stromanthe is lovely grown outdoors as an tender perennial or in containers. It imparts a tropical look wherever it is planted.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H2, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green, Burgundy, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green, Burgundy, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green, Burgundy, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    White, Green, Burgundy, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No