The Anti-Poinsettias


Every year about this time I post about these pretty red and green plants, calling them “anti-poinsettias.”

These are aglaonemas, otherwise known as Chinese Evergreens. You often see them sold in pretty green and white varieties. I almost brought one of those home the other day, but it was so cold that I wasn’t sure that I could safely transport it from the store to my car so I will wait until warmer temperatures–in other words, July, in my part of the world!

Poinsettias don’t do well in my house. Like many New Englanders, we keep our house too cold for the heat loving plant from Mexico. So I have learned to stop killing them, and I grow these, which will tolerate my chilly low 60s.


Here’s another variety, a pinker version, that’s about to bloom as well.

And the best part about these plants? Once the holidays are over, they’re still lovely to look at!

2 thoughts on “The Anti-Poinsettias

  1. tonytomeo December 9, 2018 / 12:06 am

    Those were standard houseplants that we learned in the 1980s, but I do not think of them as popular now. I see them around, but not like decades ago.

  2. gardendaze December 9, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Are you having the “houseplant resurgeance” (or maybe mania is really the word I want) that we are? Out here about once a quarter, there’s a major news story on someone who has several hundred house plants. House plant only stores have opened up–I know of 2 in Connecticut and there’s a great one in New York that I occasionally mail order from.

    And while I don’t have time for a whole lot of social media, needless to say, you can imagine what’s out there! It’s astonishing.


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